Riverkeeper Blogs


Riverkeeper is proud to share with you the following big wins, all of which occurred in just the last three weeks! More
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We recently finished a three day patrol from Troy to the Battery with oil spill response experts from NYS DEC and U.S. Coast Guard aboard. The idea was to share information and give responders a firsthand look at the Estuary we are all charged with […] More
Do these rail bridges look okay to you? (See more photos.) In this video, Riverkeeper follows up on a tip about crumbling concrete foundations at two rail bridges that are traversed by freight trains – including those hauling volatile Bakken crude oil – along the […] More
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We took a close look at Troy and Port of Albany waterfront facilities recently with a lawyer and photographer. We came away with some properties to investigate. More
Sampling began on the Quassaick Creek in August, 2014. Photo Courtesy John Gephards / Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance
It was a milestone year for Riverkeeper’s community science projects. In all, Riverkeeper is now supporting sampling for Enterococcus, the EPA-recommended fecal-indicator of recreational water quality, and reporting data from 149 locations along seven Hudson River tributaries and the New York City waterfront. That’s in […] More
A resident on Thursday reported a huge number of fish swimming upstream from the East River to Newtown Creek and continuing upstream toward the Pulaski Bridge. He’s never seen this occurrence and was concerned that there may be something detrimental to the fish. “The fish […] More
There is no denying that our energy use has a huge impact on our waterways. That is why, in October, Riverkeeper convened a panel of thought leaders in energy policy, finance and architecture, to discuss how to craft a sound, sustainable energy plan. Moderated by […] More
In August, Riverkeeper with Down to Earth Markets, Green Ossining and ECOBAGS® forged the BYOBag coalition. The goal of the coalition was to dramatically reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags consumed at the Ossining Farmers Market. The staff at Down to Earth Markets estimated that annually the Ossining Market distributed over 64,000 single-use plastic bags passed from vendors to shoppers each. Initial results of the BYOBag pilot program place a 60-70% reduction in single-use plastic bags. More
Day View of Hudson from Pier 26
The view of Manhattan and the Hudson River from Pier 26. (Photo by Dan Shapley/ Riverkeeper)
Citizen scientists who test the water quality at nearly 40 locations weekly along the New York City waterfront gathered at the River Project in Manhattan Tuesday to celebrate the end of its third season of sampling, and to bestow the not-so-coveted Golden Toilet Award. More
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Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson file comments on needed revisions to the Coast Guard’s oil spill response plan for the Hudson. Riverkeeper Scenic Hudson Comments USCG_2014_0602 ACP Update 10_10_14 Attachment A – Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson Comments on PHMSA Rulemaking Attachment B – James Elliott Affidavit […] More
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In early September Riverkeeper Patrol documented and reported contractors grading and filling below the high water mark at a private beach in one of the communities in the upper Estuary. DEC issued a number of tickets to the contractor for working in the intertidal zone […] More
Ossining High School students waded into the water with seine nets Tuesday and brought in tiny crabs, striped bass, shrimp and silversides – doing their part for research as part of “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River.” Schools from New York City […] More