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A Great Blue Heron flying over the Wallkill River. Photo: Arthur Cemelli
Guest Blog by Brenda Bowers, Wallkill River Watershed Alliance The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance’s Boat Brigade was back on the water for the third time Saturday, moving ahead in its newly launched mission. Each time the group meets, new people are exposed to simple ways […] More
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The Department of Environmental Conservation is required to make an annual report about discharges reported under the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. That report, and much else of interest to water pollution watchdogs, including a list of acronyms you may hear at upcoming information […] More
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Barbara Brabetz takes a water sample in Fultonville.
In July, Riverkeeper and our partners at SUNY Cobleskill sampled approximately 120 miles of the Mohawk River from Delta Lake to Waterford, where the Mohawk joins the Hudson. Here are some photos that Barbara Brabetz took while sampling with colleagues and students between Rome and […] More
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After 10 days on the narrow upper estuary and the even narrower Mohawk, it’s striking to round Verplanck Point and see the vastness of Haverstraw Bay and the Tappan Zee unfold. This truly is a Grand River. My photo doesn’t do it justice, but you […] More
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Ashokan Reservoir
Over the past century, New York City has spent billions of dollars to acquire lands to create a world-class drinking water system. More
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Photo: Giles Ashford
We must face facts regarding the Indian Point nuclear plant. Its infrastructure is aging, its safety is dubious, and most everyone knows it. More
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Riverkeeper on patrol in the Mohawk River in July 2015.
Riverkeeper on patrol in the Mohawk River in July 2015. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper and SUNY Cobleskill completed a first-of-its-kind snapshot of water quality in the Mohawk River, sampling 26 locations along 120 miles, from Delta Lake to the Mohawk’s mouth at the Hudson River in Waterford. The sampling was one facet of Riverkeeper’s patrol in the Mohawk, […] More
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A BIG bulk carrier southbound today from the Port of Albany, light. The snag is about to have a bad day. Tug “Dean Reinauer” and barge passing Catskill Creek and Ramshorn Marsh southbound presumably loaded with Bakken crude oil (4 million gallons or so). The […] More
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This July, Riverkeeper is partnering with the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) and community scientists to begin monitoring the Saw Mill River for fecal contamination from headwaters to mouth. This program will expand on sampling done by CURB and […] More
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The Hudson is an American Heritage River, an economic engine for tourism and outdoor recreation, and its waters provide food for fishermen and their families. It’s also one of the nation‘s largest hazardous waste sites. For six years, General Electric has been cleaning up toxic […] More
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We spotted an Osprey fishing for breakfast Saturday morning while southbound, on the way to pick up water samples from the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance. The Osprey plucked a fish out of the Hudson, circled the air and returned to the nest, where a small […] More
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Patrolled from Erie Basin to Newtown Creek and then Flushing Bay today. More about the patrol another time. On the way back to Ossining found a giant 8’ Inflatableboat Fish basking on the surface on the East River. I believe this is the largest of […] More