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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
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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
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The Riverkeeper Sweep Program is proud to support this innovative competition to identify ideas and business models to remove or keep plastics out of our water! Awards range from $25,000-$500 with a mix of cash and funds for incubator services. More
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Marcus Constantino-Daily Mail Derailed train cars burn near Mount Carbon-WVa
Boat program statement – crude oil – post derailment in WV – 2/16/15 What will it take? How many more derailments? How many more explosions? In the last two years there have been numerous accidents involving crude oil trains across the continent – and a […] More
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The first automated same-day public notification under the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law happened today, as the Town of Colonie reported a 10 gallon per minute raw sewage spill that lasted over two hours, and affected a tributary of the Mohawk River near its […] More
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Let’s keep plastic microbeads out of our waters! Check for “polyethylene” or “polypropylene” in your cosmetics ingredient list and support the ban proposed today by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman: News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2015 Bill Attracts […] More
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Matt Kierstead Photo Crude Oil
Photo: Matt Kierstead
On February 11 Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay delivered a strong message to the Health, Social, Educational & Environmental Committee of Putnam County on the risks of crude oil transport in the Hudson Valley— “the risk is real and the risk is local.” Riverkeeper is calling on the Putnam County Legislature to pass a resolution demanding improved safety for the public and to protect the Hudson River from a potentially catastrophic oil spill. More
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Riverkeeper’s patrol boat is undergoing ongoing winter restoration and maintenance at our home port, Westerly Marina in Ossining. We are re-planking the bottom in sections, season by season. This weekend, boatbuilder Chris Brennan was steaming the port chine plank – the lowest plank on the […] More
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On January 28, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) finalized regulations that will allow permitting of new liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) storage facilities for the first time since 1973, when a catastrophic explosion at a LNG storage facility on Staten Island resulted in the deaths of 40 workers. More
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Local citizens in Ulster County came together to question Kingston’s plan to sell water to a for-profit water company, and as a result, Niagara Bottling has dropped the project. “A significant potential threat to our public water resources has been averted by this decision as […] More
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Photo: Dorice Madronero
State Public Service Commissioner Audrey Zibelman even came down from Albany to watch the new Rockland County Water Management Task Force present the outlines of their plan, which includes more conservation, fewer leaks and smarter use of existing resources. More
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(Photo: Joe DeMarchis)
In January we had a wonderful surprise visit from a River Otter at Westerly Marina in Ossining. Westerly is Riverkeeper’s home port and the Fletcher is ashore there now for annual upgrades and maintenance. Joe DeMarchis took these images through a shop window early on […] More