Ocean River Institute Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   30 reviews


12 Eliot St Cambridge MA 02138 USA


The Ocean River Institute's mission is to foster greater personal involvement in conservation, environmental monitoring, and protecting ecosystems by facilitating the grassroots efforts of groups working at local and regional levels.


In 2007, ORI engaged, educated and broadened a constituency in Massachusetts supportive of comprehensive ecosystem-based management of coastal ocean waters. This led to the passing of the Massachusetts Ocean Act in 2008. In 2008, ORI assisted the Virgin Island Environmental Council in a successful court battle to stop unregulated development of BVI’s last pristine salt ponds, mangrove shore, and Fisheries Protected Area. In 2009, ORI educated and mobilized 7,500 ecostewards to demand protections for Cook Inlet beluga whale habitat. In 2010, ORI assisted its partner Sunshine Wildlife in Stuart, FL, to reduce nitrogen runoff pollution following the death of more than 40 dolphins every summer in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon since 2001. In 2011, Martin County Commissioners acted unanimously to reduce nitrogen pollution in the Lagoon with a strong nitrogen lawn fertilizer ordinance. In 2012, ORI partnered with commercial fisherman and fishing advocated and successfully sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to include better, ecosystem-based protections for river herring and shad. In 2013, ORI assisted Falmouth MA in reducing nitrogen pollution when striped bass and a horseshoe crab were found dead from harmful algae bloom. In Florida, Indian River County revoked an earlier decision and passed a strong lawn fertilizer ordinance to reduce nitrogen pollution in the Indian River Lagoon. Rob testified before the Senate Committee to save fish and fishing communities.

Target demographics:

50,000 Ecostewards and EnviroGuardians in the US, UK, and BVIGeographic areas served: New England, Florida, Alaska, California and British Virgin Islands

Direct beneficiaries per year:

15 partnering local environmental groups

Geographic areas served:



Save Fish and Fishing Communities, Ocean Ecosystem Education and Advocacy, Rebuilding River and Sea Herring Populations, Save Dolphins and Stop Nitrogen Pollution, Protect Rivers and Groundwater, Advance Ecosystem-based Regional Ocean Planning, and Recognize Blue Green Heroes

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

ORI continues to be the leader in attaining and maintaining water quakity in the world's oceans, rivers and estuaries. Their new campaign to help clean up the Indian River Lagoon will benefit the IRL's Bottle-nosed Dolphin as well as other marine species and the avian and terrestrial species that depend on the IRL for their survival. The nutrients and contaminants that are routinely dumped into the lagoon are contributing to the lagoons eutrophication and early demise of the lagoon and it's natural inhabitants. Programs of this nature, sadly, are needed to bring to light the lack of responsibility of manufacturers and the carelessnes of users of products that are injurious to the environment, and ORI is to be commended for their initiative in their actions to promote better water quality worldwide.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Improvement in the understanding of everyday actions that will promote long-lasting goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask for Federal funding. ORI works all over the US to help our environment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their initiative in taking action to promote a more healthful environment for both humanity and wildlife.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, knowledgeable and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do about a quarter of the things it would like to accomplish.

Ways to make it better...

I could be more involved physically.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and exposure to the envirnmental community . Some environmentalist I've talked to were not aware of the organization's existence.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Kudos to ORI and keep up the good work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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