Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (Buffalo, NY)


  • Name:Tricia Furnari
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
  • Address:1250 Niagara St.
    Buffalo, NY 14213
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:716-852-7483

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  • Mission:
  • Mission
    Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER advocates on behalf of the citizens of Western New York for the protection and strategic restoration of the Buffalo Niagara River systems and improved public river access. Founded in 1989, RIVERKEEPER partners with community organizations, government, business representatives and preservationists to develop a shared agenda for restoring our rivers and to secure the resources necessary to achieve that vision.

    We see the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers clean and rich with life, healthy people playing—swimming, paddling, fishing—in clean water; abundant wildlife thriving in renewed habitat; natural assets driving a new economy offering dignified work; all cherished and protected by Western New Yorkers as the great legacy from each generation to the next. We see a special place that people, from all over the world, will travel to see.

  • History:
  • 1966 – Stan Spisiak alerts President Lyndon B. Johnson to the perils of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie. An executive order prohibiting the dumping of polluted harbor sludge is issued.

    1968 – The Buffalo River catches on fire.

    1987 – Buffalo River is identified as one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC).
    -The Buffalo River Citizen’s Committee is formed.

    1989 - The first Buffalo River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) is completed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).
    -The Friends of The Buffalo River (FBR) is formed.

    1990s – Iron Mountain Inc. buys a parcel of land on the Buffalo River, and FBR takes the company to trial. FBR is able to negotiate an agreement that makes it possible for the company to expand, but also preserves the remaining section of the lowland forest as a new city park called “Old Bailey Woods”.
    -A project site is designated for the demonstration of sediment cleanup techniques in the Great Lakes Critical Program Acts.
    -A 25-foot setback ordinance is enacted for new development along the river banks, and later expanded to 100 feet through much of the area.
    - Collaborates on three habitat restoration sites along the Buffalo River.

    1993 – The “Watershed Learning Project” is launched by Margaret Wooster, Brian Shero, and Betsy Trometer. Included in a National Geographic made-for-television documentary, “The Power of Water”.

    1995 – The nation’s first urban canoe trail is developed in collaboration with the NYSDEC.

    2000 – Friends of the Buffalo River include the Niagara River and become Friends of the Buffalo and Niagara River (FBNR).

    2001 – Julie O’Neill becomes the first staff employee of the organization.

    2003 - FBNR becomes the first non-profit organization in the Great Lakes Basin to receive funding and the authority from USEPA to coordinate a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and manage RAP implementation.

    2005 – The Friends’ Board of Directors vote to become a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance and change the organization’s name to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (BNR)
    -BNR becomes the first non-profit in the Great Lakes Basin to sign a Feasibility Cost
    Share Agreement with the USACE for Buffalo River Environmental Dredging.
    -The group issues a “Buffalo River Report Card”, and officially launches the Riverwatch program.

    2007 – BNR becomes the first non-profit organization to sign a Great Lakes Legacy Act Project Agreement with the USEPA-GLNPO.

    2008 - Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Honeywell and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program Office sign a $3 million Great Lakes Legacy Act project agreement.
    -Litigation begins to convince the state Department of Transportation to move to an at-grade boulevard reconstruction of Route 5 in Buffalo that would provide 77 more acres of developable land for the Outer Harbor.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:12


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:22-2993054

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:222993054
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:721 MAIN ST
  • Organization City:BUFFALO
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:14203-1321
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1989
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):353
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Soil or water conservation
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C320
  • Asset Amount:$6,021,430
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,327,009
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,326,925
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:47:45 pm

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