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Robert H. Boyle, a Brooklyn-born sportswriter and angler who became the unofficial guardian of the Hudson River as a crusading conservationist and a founder of a widely replicated watchdog group called Riverkeeper, died on Friday in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was 88.

The cause was cancer, his daughter, Stephanie Boyle Mays, said. Mr. Boyle’s childhood affection for the river and for fishing — he went to boarding school in Highland Falls, N.Y. — were rekindled when he moved to Croton-on-Hudson from the West Coast in 1960 only to discover that decades of neglect had left the river (actually a tidal estuary) threatened by industrial pollution.

In 1965, he joined Scenic Hudson and other groups in a lawsuit against a proposed Consolidated Edison nuclear power plant at Storm King in the Hudson Highlands, warning that water-intake equipment would kill small fish.

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