Waterkeeper Alliance is rooted in the belief that grassroots, community-based organization is the key to winning clean water across Canada. In our fight for clean water, we are honoured to be represented by Waterkeeper Alliance's president, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Canadian Board representative, Mark Mattson of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: President, Waterkeeper Alliance

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions: prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound; winning settlements for the Hudson Riverkeeper; arguing cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline, and suing sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act. "He's a pioneering environmental attorney who has established whole new standards for governmental and industrial compliance with environmental laws,"said former Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin.

Mr. Kennedy serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law in New York. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City. He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City's water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. He helped lead the fight to turn back the anti-environmental legislation during the 104th Congress.

Among Mr. Kennedy's published books are Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997), New York State Apprentice Falconer's Manual, (1987), and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977).

Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Environmental Law.

His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Pace Environmental Law Review, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

Mark Mattson: Canadian Board Representative, Waterkeeper Alliance
President & Waterkeeper, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

In the last decade, Mark Mattson has emerged as one of Canada's most dedicated environmental lawyers. He left a career as a criminal defence attorney to pursue a practice focused on environmental and regulatory matters. He has acted as counsel for environmental and public interest groups at some fifty hearings, as well as representing the public at both the Provincial and Federal level and has appeared on behalf of clients in front of the International Water Tribunal in Amsterdam.

Mr. Mattson currently serves as President and Waterkeeper with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and the Canadian representative to Waterkeeper Alliance's Board of Directors. He is the supervising attorney with the Clean Water Workshop, a program dedicated to mentoring law students and providing legal tools to citizens fighting for clean water in their communities. Mr. Mattson is a skilled leader in defending Canadians' clean water rights using tools such as private prosecutions, Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights, and federal and provincial environmental assessments. He participated in landmark hearings such as the Walkerton Inquiry and is credited with helping Ontario residents win some of the largest fines ever levied under Canada's Fisheries Act for landfill pollution. He has been a guest lecturer on environmental law at numerous seminars and other forums, including the University of Toronto. Mr. Mattson is a former board member of Great Lakes United.

Prior to launching Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Mark Mattson founded the volunteer-based Environmental Bureau of Investigation, dedicated to identifying and prosecuting environmental offenders.

Mr. Mattson is co-author of The Citizens Guide to Environmental Investigation and Private Prosecution (2000). He is a graduate of the University of Windsor School of Law and received his BA from Queens University. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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