Riverkeeper Blogs


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
Pilgrim Pipeline forum
On March 7, 2015 over 40 concerned citizens, local decision makers and a lobbyist representing the proposed Pilgrim crude oil pipeline packed into the Esopus Public Library. The community gathered for a public forum on the proposed 178-mile double-barreled Pilgrim Pipeline. Community members expressed serious […] More
Addressing the Ulster County Legislature
The Hudson Valley and New York City are turning a corner in the decades’ long fight against trash in our waterways. With the 4th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep – the Hudson River’s largest cleanup event – less than two months away (registration begins April 1) we are ecstatic about recent victories and growing momentum for trash free waters. These victories, most recently in Ulster and Putnam counties, to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) foam in restaurant and government facilities respectively, up the ante in our call for New York City to pass its pending plastic bag law. More
Spring has arrived along the Hudson River—at last. After a long winter we are ecstatic about the thought of farmers markets, festivals, shoreline cleanups and the warmth ahead. Read on to find the Top 4 volunteer opportunities this spring and learn how to get involved. […] More
Photo/Sandy Saunders
A CSX freight train derailed just south of the Beacon Metro-North station early Saturday morning, according to a story published in the Journal News/Lohud.com The train was using Metro North’s tracks east of the Hudson to carry construction debris, though the majority of freight trains […] More
Rail bridge near Storm King Mountain.
A reality check on Tuesday’s news release, Governor Cuomo Announces Results of Latest Round of Rail Safety Inspections: Thanks for the inspections Governor, but this is too little, too late. “…another round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections, which uncovered 93 defects, […] More
Would you like to be one of our super-volunteers, taking Riverkeeper’s mission and education to new places? Our team will present a webinar, “Riverkeeper Ambassador 101” Wednesday, April 8 between 7:00-7:45pm to show you how. This follows up on our inaugural Ambassador Workshops that trained […] More
Photo by Ellen Brockington Martin.
Later it would become clear that someone had snatched bags of crushed plastic bottles from a local Hannaford, thinking they could cash them in for five cents apiece, but at the time, all Ellen Brockington Martin and her husband Paul only knew they were disgusted. […] More
Property owners and residents who have concerns or questions about Pilgrim Pipeline and interactions with the company’s representatives can now call the New York Attorney General’s office Consumer Protection hotline to seek information or to register a complaint. More