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Ocean River Institute Inc

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Causes: Animals, Environment, Protection of Endangered Species, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: 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.

Results: 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: National/International

Programs: 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

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

lizardmarsh

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a blogger and networker, I spread the word on environmental (and pet rescue) causes. I have found that posts published by the Ocean River Institute are clear, comprehensive, caring and captivating. If I were able, I would want to support their campaigns in a big way. I have found their use of social media flawless as far as ease of sharing. Rob Moir is astute in all relevant areas and I have learned much about biology, specific sources of pollution, comparative impacts of various types of pollution, avenues available to remedy these travesties, and more. He is eloquent in his videos. He is a gifted writer in that he is educative, diplomatic, and detailed without being at all laborious. I hope the Ocean River Institute is able to meet all the milestones it works toward.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ORI is an amazing institution, fighting for great causes and giving animals and the environment a voice! Thank you for all of the excellent work you do and the sacrifices you make!

Donor

Rating: 5

Reading their newsletters gives me hope that somebody out there cares about the ocean and the ecosystem it contains.
I have received personal letters from them thanking for my donations and have been asked to share my experiences with the ocean. These are not robot responses but personal. I appreciate the acknowledgement and will continue to support them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you care about the integrity of our oceans, rivers, and surrounding areas, support Ocean River Institute. They tell us the why and how to become involved consistently.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ocean River Institute is a deeply moral, science-based, passionate, focused, and effective advocate for the health of our oceans, rivers, and all the ecosystems of life that they sustain. This New England-based organization, led by Rob Moir, has identified threatened places and wildlife I had never known of, such as the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in Florida and all its inhabitants (and you can buy wonderful socks that will help save the fish, and other wildlife depicted on them). ORI is acutely sensitive to climate change and global warming--the primary challenge to our survival and the survival of 4.5 billion years of life's evolution on our planet. Please go to their "Causes" page on their website, and become involved!
"Causes: The Ocean River Institute provides individuals around the world with specific opportunities to make a difference saving wildlife, protecting ecosystems, in environmental education, science, and conservation."

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We need to save the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts national parks. They are beautiful underwater monuments which provide an environment to underwater animals with protection from predators and availability of food.

Mining and fossil-fuel extracting companies want to extract their products from places like the seamounts. That would destroy the monuments and the marine animals which depend on them for food and protection. We need to ensure that NO permits to drill in the monuments are granted. If the drilling happens, only the drilling companies will gain any profit from it. If we keep the monuments are protected, we will gain the benefit of the protected species and their growing populations for years into the future.

Don't allow ANY drilling or mining to occur on the monuments. We need them in the future.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our natural world is increasingly succumbing to the ravages of human population growth and human greed as we plunder the Earth's mineral and living resources and despoil it with toxics and pollution. Our oceans comprise 70% of the Earth's surface. What we do on land affects the oceans just as what we directly do to the sea and its marine life.
It is gratifying to know that there are non profit institutions such as Ocean River Institute which fight to protect our living and non living world for future generations of humans. These organizations are dedicated to protecting our natural world and are worthy of our heartfelt gratitude and support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This crucial initiative will help defray the deadly costs of the many types of pollution industry is mindlessly culpable of. The support of zones held in reserve whether on land or at sea gives the entire finite ecological system the opportunity of some kind of fighting chance at survival. If there are not zones that are strictly reserved, there is no chance the system can survive.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ocean River Institute helps protect one of our national treasures--marine wildlife. The Institute also keeps its members tuned in to what is going on out there with our marine animals, and informs us as to what we can do to help sustain them. Please donate.

JamesShelton

Donor

Rating: 5

Based out of New England and dedicated to the connection between oceans and rivers, the Ocean River Institute was started to limit lawn fertilizer from causing harmful Algea blooms in New England. They then worked on this issue in Florida but I learned about them when they tackled the problems of managing fish populations that live at sea for years then spawn upstrem in Rivers. They gave me a forum to write letters on river herring in Richmond to the New England fisheries council which had been allowing over fishing of these same fish. They followed up with the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries council. These catch limets as well as catch limits whithin Virginia waters have been great steps in conservation of our James Rover Ecosystem. It would not be possible without this regional group.

4 Kellen3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to say congratulations to Rob and Harper at the Ocean River Institute. I have been so inspired by your work and was thrilled to read about recent clean water victories. The Ocean River Institute has faced numerous challenges in it's time but you two just never let it faze you - and now you're ever closer to protecting Florida's environment and the animals that live within it. Thank you for staying the course and speaking out about these issues. I wish you the very best."
Kellen, San Francisco, CA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Presently, I live in MA near Boston. I've been a monthly donor to ORI for 2 years now. I'm so impressed by their work and their passion for it. But what really makes me proud to support them is they are doing such amazing work for the Indian River in Florida! I lived in Brevard County for 23 years and raised my children there. The Indian River and the wildlife were always one of the things we loved so much about living there. We have moved away but we always visit. My daughter and her new little family were so excited last year to visit and one of the first things they did was take their little girl to see the manatees, but sadly, they are now hard to find because of the pollution and die-offs.
ORI is trying to save these beautiful, gentle creatures and I will forever be grateful for their work

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Indian River is a beautiful place, worth preserving for ever. I was born/raised by the river and am so grateful for the work these folks are doing. I am 68 now, but I still see gray pelicans standing guard over the fish. Everything you can do will be a help our future. Do not assume the coastal river area is safe and will survive without fighting to make it so.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We seem to forget the value of all our waters....thank you so much ORI!!!!

3 Jette D.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I would like to thank ORI for all the work you do in helping to maintain the health of our coastal waters. My family has made trips to the coast a very special treat and because of ORIs tireless efforts at keeping the coasts clean and the rivers leading into the oceans healthy, we can enjoy all that nature has to offer. Seeing the Sea lion pups at Jenner or watching the whales in Monterey Bay, non of this would be enjoyable if the coasts and waterways were allowed to be polluted by chemicals and trash. I know it is a constant fight to keep the environment healthy and clean so I would like you to know we appreciate all of your hard work.

2 Kirsten

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has alerted my family to so many causes worth supporting within our wetlands, rivers and oceans. They are helping save some of the wonders of this beautiful country and I recommend them.
The Ocean River Institute website is filled with helpful information and petitions. I thank them for all their passion to preserve what we love!!

2 Monika H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People like me are happy that the OCEAN RIVER INSTITUTE INC. acts with experience, sense of responsibility and a huge commitment for that sector of our common world. I sign each petition I am able and allowed to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are great at what they do and I always sign their petitions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Ocean River Institute through the website of Care2Action, where I had signed one of many petitions that come to me on an almost daily basis. I inadvertently allowed the check in the box to remain in there which permitted the Ocean River Institute to send messages and communications to me about their actions and efforts to carry out their fine environmental mission.
From the messages and petitions that I have read so far from them, I feel that they are a sincere, organized, and dedicated non-profit entity that earnestly struggles against the heavy, encroaching forces that seek to wrest control over most aspects of Americans' ties to our national resources of waterways, land, plants, animals, and air. I think that the Ocean River Institute, from what I've seen so far, has a proper angle to focus its efforts, not too broad and not too narrow. They are focusing on the health of our waterways. Nothing is more important than having clean, healthy waterways. Only having relatively clean, breathable air equals this pressing need. The Ocean River Institute is dedicated to shouldering this fight against the multitude of individuals and corporations who ignorantly believe that one can blatantly despoil our nation's waterways for the sake of resource extraction and profit, and still maintain a healthy and happy standard of living for people and plants and animals alike.

3 Sherry30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

America and the world at large needs more non-profits like ORI to help us save one of our most precious commodities - clean water. Humans & all other life on earth can not survive without clean water. ORI does a wonderful non-political job of gathering information and offering opportunities to participate in this monumental effort of saving our oceans, rivers and lakes for future generations.