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Riverkeeper: Hudson River Water Quality

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NiJeL worked with our partners mWater to create a series of data visualizations for Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the Hudson River and the New York City Watershed from environmental lawbreakers. Riverkeeper has been collecting water quality monitoring data along the Hudson from New York Harbor to Waterford, NY since 2007, but had no effective means of communicating their findings to the public on their website. NiJeL developed overview maps, tables and customized charts showing each sampling location and the amount of pollution tracked over time. These visualizations should give policymakers and the public a better understanding of current and historical conditions at each site, and some impetus to develop a more robust sampling regime to notify recreational users of elevated pollution levels.

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At NiJeL, we support strong, positive advances in the sustainability of people's lives and our planet through knowledge and information. At the local level, we work to improve our partner's communities and constituencies through data and technology, and we aim to democratize the tools and data needed to to make better social and environmental decisions. We're also always working to bridge the “data divide” and provide everyone the ability to tell their stories and visualize their impacts for advocacy and representation.

We achieve this vision by developing custom systems for data visualization, analysis, and participation for our partners, and teaching our partners to harness their data through "data therapy" to document their program impacts, build strong advocacy tools, and connect with their key audiences. It's also critically important to us that we build strong personal relationships with our partners to develop a technology roadmap for them that aligns with their current workflow and mission.

At the heart of everything we do at NiJeL are our core values of:

  • Being considerate, cooperative, and contentious in work with us, our team, and our partners,
  • Respect for others and their ways of working and using technology,
  • Curiosity to learn new ways of working and try new things,
  • Flexibility to change direction and technology when needed.
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NiJeL partners with organizations aiming to improve the quality of life for communities around the world. We work with organizations and projects that span cultures from local to global in scale. Our partners include formal large or small NGOs, for-profit companies, government entities, international organizations like the United Nations, and self-organized community groups.

We love talking about data and mapping ideas. We are always looking for new partners and projects so please contact us. We have experience forging relationships with funders of data projects and we may be able to help you with grant-writing.

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