Captain Bill Sheehan, the Hackensack River-keeper, is a lifelong resident of the Hackensack River area, having lived most of his life in Union City and Secaucus, New Jersey. He is a dedicated, active conservationist who founded Hackensack River-keeper in 1997 and serves as the organization's Executive Director. Captain Bill, as he is known to most people, holds a Master of Inland Waterways license from the US Coast Guard.
Captain Sheehan serves on the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program Citizens Advisory Committee, a bi-state agency that oversees federal management efforts in the region. He is a founding (and current) member of the Bergen County Trust Fund Public Advisory Committee and is the current Chair of the Meadowlands Conservation Trust; the latter being the agency charged with acquiring, holding and managing conservation properties in the New Jersey Meadowlands and throughout the Hackensack River watershed.
Captain Bill has been recognized for his work on numerous occasions by media outlets, government agencies, and the environmental and business communities. Among these awards are:
2009 Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce Award
2008 EPA Environmental Quality Award
2004 River Network’s River Hero Award
2003 NJ DEP Environmental Excellence Award
2003 Bergen County’s Person of the Year
2002 US Fish and Wildlife Service Award for Meadowlands conservation
2002 Garden Club of America Award for Significant Contribution to Conservation
1999 Waterfront Center in Washington DC’s National Clearwater Award
1996 NJ Audubon Society’s Conservationist of the Year Award
We are honored to have the distinguished privilege to celebrate Captain Sheehan for his extraordinary work as a caring member of the community.