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The NY-NJ Harbor Coalition is a mix of advocates that joined together to transform the region’s waterways into a truly world-class harbor and estuary with urban waterfront parks, ecological health and critical infrastructure to meet the needs of the 22 million residents of the nation’s largest, most diverse urban area. The Coalition is led by a Steering Committee of eleven members who have national reach and represent hundreds of thousands of groups and individuals in the New York-New Jersey region.

The Steering Committe includes:

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF): Founded in 1967, EDF is an international organization that seeks to find innovative ways to solve big environmental problems. With a mission to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends, EDF is guided by science and seeks to transform markets to bring lasting solutions to critical environmental problems that impact the climate, oceans, ecosystems and human health.


 The Hudson River Foundation (HRF) seeks to make science integral to decision-making with regard to the Hudson River and its watershed and to support competent stewardship of this extraordinary resource. Through its support for scientific research and outreach HRF strives to expand knowledge about the river among the scientific community, policy makers, and the public at large. The organization also supports initiatives to enhance management of the Hudson ecosystem and physical improvements to the riverfront.  


Ironbound Community Corporation’s (ICC) mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community.  Every day the ICC works with residents of the Ironbound section of Newark -- a diverse neighborhood of 50,000 people – to build better lives for themselves and a better community for all who call the Ironbound home.




The Metropolitan Waterfont Alliance (MWA) is the voice of over 500 organizations with ties to our regional wateways.  Together we are working to transform the water of New York and New Jersey Harbor into clean and accessible places to learn, work and play, with inviting parks, dependable jobs and reliable, eco-friendly transportation for all. 



National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is a 90-year-old national organization with more than 600 thousand members and supporters working together to protect and enhance America's National Parks for present and future generations.  


New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.




The NY/NJ Baykeeper's mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of theHudson-Raritan Estuary – one of the most urban estuaries on the planet.



The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) is a city-wide network that links grassroots organizations from low-income communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice. Founded in 1991, the NYC-EJA works to bring members together in coordinated campaigns that create positive changes in city and state policies to improve environmental conditions in their neighborhoods.



Regional Plan Association (RPA) is America's oldest and most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy group. RPA prepares long range plans and policies to guide the growth and development of the New York- New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. RPA also provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability, and competitiveness concerns.




The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places. TPL works from the inner city to the wilderness, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.




WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.