Riverkeeper Blogs


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
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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
The battle against United Water’s costly and unnecessary desalination project on the Hudson River is not over. Two decisions are imminent from the Public Service Commission on United Water’s proposal. Join the Rockland Water Coalition in contacting Gov. Cuomo TODAY, “Water Wednesday,” Oct. 22. The […] More
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We hope you’ll come help Riverkeeper raise a glass in celebration of the 10,000+ hours of dedicated support that you and over 2,000 volunteers like you have provided to Riverkeeper and the Hudson River in 2014. More
Newtown Creek on October 13, 2014. Photo by John Lipscomb / Riverkeeper.
Two days after the last Newtown Creek Alliance CSO Alert, the water appeared grey/green Monday, as Riverkeeper patrolled the creek. Our onboard lab measured 1% dissolved oxygen – fatal for marine life. Low dissolved oxygen is related to the frequent, huge discharges of sewage during […] More
Clear October skies over the Hudson Hop & Harvest Festival in Peekskill.
Lucky Sturgeon IPA, the first beer brewed to support Riverkeeper and raise awareness about issues facing the Hudson River, was a huge success at the third-annual Hudson Hop & Harvest Festival, organized by Peekskill Brewery. The Imperial IPA was brewed by Peekskill Brewery and Captain […] More
Boats at Hallets Cove. (Photo by Rob Buchanan / NYC Water Trail Association)
On Hallets Cove in the East River, citizen water quality monitoring data is leading to improvements in water quality. More
While junking cars in the canyon — that particular form of neglect — is no longer a threat to the Little River, threats remain... Logging, chicken and hog farming, sewage contamination and — visible through the trees on some of the bluffs even in the National Preserve — creeping sprawl, as folks from Birmingham, Atlanta, Tuscaloosa and elsewhere snatch up vacation homes. More
Sampling on the Quassaick Creek in Newburgh. Photo by John Gephards, Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance
We’re proud to announce that the Citizen Testing Data section at riverkeeper.org now includes data for the New York City waterfront and the Quassaick Creek, which meets the Hudson at Newburgh, thanks to two of our partners, New York City Water Trail Association and the Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance. More