Riverkeeper Blogs


In May 2014, a kayaker sent this image of a tug/barge carrying North Dakota crude oil and a Bald Eagle fishing. The contrast is stunning and poignant. Both are users of the River. One is sustainable, the other is not. One presents a huge risk, […] More
Photo: John Lipscomb
Mohawk River – Alplaus: A cold sunrise with sea smoke. The Mohawk is lovely. It doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. See highlights of the 2014 Patrol Boat Log in upcoming posts. And watch for highlights of the 2015 season on this blog and Riverkeeper’s […] More
“I live in the Hudson Valley and see these trains daily,” filmmaker Jon Bowermaster writes in today’s New York Times. See his video “A Danger on the Rails,” on the dangers that crude oil trains pose to the Hudson River. “Each of these train cars […] More
Crude oil transport via rail has increased by 4,000 percent in the United States over the past six years, with rail shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to New York increasing to approximately 20 percent of the total output from the region (view […] More
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Local governments and citizens in the Hudson Valley are speaking out against the reckless transport of crude oil through our communities by passing local resolutions. Most recently: Dutchess County passed local resolution on Monday, April 13 Putnam County passed a resolution Tuesday, April 7. We […] More
The threat of disaster from oil trains is everywhere. The Mohawk, Lake Champlain, the Hudson River. It’s just a matter of time. Our friend John Garver posted this video Sunday of an oil train passing the confluence of the Schoharie and Mohawk rivers at Fort […] More
Photo: Misti Duvall/Riverkeeper
Take action today and tell the Albany County Legislature to vote yes on Local Law D for 2014. Attend the Legislature’s public forum to express your support prior to the vote or call your Albany County legislator today and encourage them to vote yes. When: […] More
Take it from the National Transportation Safety Board: The White House must move faster to address the danger of crude oil trains and take steps “to prevent accidents and save lives.” “We can’t wait a decade for safer rail cars,” NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart […] More
Swimmers at Croton Point Beach have the best assurance of good water quality at any public beach on the Hudson: Water quality consistently shows good water quality, with rare exception, and the water is tested weekly, consistent with Environmental Protection Agency recommendations. Photo courtesy Toughman Triathlon.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has approved a policy that is consistent with several of Riverkeeper’s positions on recreational water quality and beach management. “The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) urges national, state, and local health departments […] More
Check out this video highlighting the green infrastructure improvements made to SUNY New Paltz campus. The Saw Mill Brook runs through campus and to the Wallkill River. Green Infrastructure Projects at SUNY New Paltz from SNP Biology on Vimeo. Join other people passionate about protecting […] More
A water sample for DNA analysis. Photo by Dan Shapley/Riverkeeper
Riverkeeper was recently invited to make a presentation at the 2015 Mohawk Watershed Symposium, Inspiring People to Stop Water Pollution Through Community Science. Riverkeeper has been sampling the Hudson River since 2008, and in tributarie and along the New York City waterfront, in partnership with […] More
In January, Riverkeeper was invited by the Rosendale Commission for the Conservation of the Environment to make a presentation about how stream walks can be used to help understand and address contamination sources, including the fecal contamination citizen scientists are helping to document with Riverkeeper’s […] More