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Sparkill Creek Comparison Chart
Geometric mean of all samples taken per tributary. Geometric mean is a weighted average. The average contamination levels in the creek far exceed EPA safe swimming criteria. Data includes 2016 results, which are still undergoing quality assurance, so these results are preliminary.
Riverkeeper’s tributary community science program started with the Sparkill Creek, and a little girl who smelled something awful at the creek’s edge and told her teacher, “What are the adults going to do about this?” The teacher was Laurie Seeman, of Strawtown Studio, and with […] More
While we don't know what killed the minke whale found dead today near LaGuardia Airport, we know water quality in Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek can be deadly to wildlife. More
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New York State Senator Felder has reintroduced a bill (S362) to prevent New York City’s bag fee from going into effect on February 15. Similar laws around the country have significantly reduced the amount of single-use bags clogging storm drains, collecting in our waterways, filling landfills, and threatening aquatic life. Help defend this legislation and stand up for trash-free waterways. More
In one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State addresses today, he proposed a $2 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act to pay for many of the priorities Riverkeeper has been advocating for, including upgrading and modernizing wastewater treatment, and protecting drinking water at its source. More
The Water Quality and Contamination report released Jan. 3 by the New York State Senate’s Standing Committees on Health and Environmental Conservation highlights some important issues related to how the State responds to emerging contaminants in drinking water, but it fails to address needed preventative steps to protect drinking water supplies from contamination in the first place. More
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US Air Force photo showing firefighting exercise at Stewart Air National Guard in 2004.
Nine months after test results identified the Stewart Air National Guard Base as the most important source of toxic PFOS to Newburgh’s drinking water supply and other downstream waters, contaminated water continues to be discharged without treatment. It’s past time for the U.S. Military to […] More
Newburgh is continuing to make progress eliminating discharges of untreated sewage directly to the Hudson River. In May 2014, Riverkeeper publicized data that suggested sewage was escaping Newburgh’s combined sewer system even in dry weather. That ultimately prompted a high-impact investigation in November 2015 that […] More
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“When I was growing up, I was pretty much a city kid,” Angel Montero says. “To me the Hudson River didn't have much of an impact. To me the Hudson River was that blue thing you see on the subway map.” As a 25-year-old college student, Montero is engaged in science research that will help all of us better understand the Hudson and its health. More
Check out this video showing the benefits of a dam removal in the Wappinger Creek Watershed. The Wappinger Creek is the largest watershed in Dutchess County, and an important tributary to the Hudson River. More
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Upper Hudson River at Route 25 downstream of the MacIntyre Tract. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper has filed comments with the Adirondack Park Agency, arguing that additional alternatives should be considered as the APA classifies vast tracts of new state lands in the High Peaks. The tracts include rivers, brooks and wetlands associated with the headwaters of the Hudson River […] More
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