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Beckett Lansbury processes samples from the Esopus Creek. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper’s June sampling is underway, with Capt. John Lipscomb and Carol Knudson of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on patrol from New York City to Ossining, and community scientists gathering samples from all around New York City (a project coordinated by the New York City Water Trail […]

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This year, as part of the 2016 Riverkeeper Sweep, comprehensive data was collected at 4 Sweep projects to get a deeper sense of the composition of marine debris on the Hudson River Estuary.

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The East River between Randall’s Island and Throgs Neck is a bit of old New York, and not in a good way: Waterfront property is largely a mix of industrial and derelict, with LaGuardia hurtling airplanes aloft at a remarkable rate, and the notorious Rikers […]

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Indian Point’s very, very bad year
A little more than a year ago, a transformer fire and transformer oil spill at the Indian Point nuclear power plant shocked the region. Later it was revealed that the the fire was caused by a short circuit due to insulation failure in a high-voltage coil in the transformer.

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Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and the Natural Resources Defense Council support legislation that empowers towns to have the same authority over petroleum pipelines or other state regulated pipelines as their village and city municipal counterparts. New York’s Transportation Corporation law requires that […]

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Wallkill warning signs
The Village of New Paltz has posted signs at its boat launches on the Wallkill River to alert the public to high bacterial counts documented by community scientists. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper has notified 25 municipalities and four counties about expanded access to state grants and loans to invest in wastewater infrastructure, thanks to the data gathered by Riverkeeper’s community partners, and advocacy by Riverkeeper and our partners. (Read the letter.) These 25 municipalities bordering parts […]

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Martin Overington samples the Roeliff Jansenkill in May 2016. (Photo by Kaare Christian / Roe Jan Watershed Association)
In May 2016, Riverkeeper and our partners took water samples at 325 locations, and together, we will make over 1,100 measures of water quality. It’s our biggest month of sampling to date, and the first to sample so many locations, spanning over 600 river miles, […]

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A Middleburgh High School student samples the Schoharie Creek, the largest tributary of the Mohawk River. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
This map will be updated with the latest sampling results. Gray dots indicate testing locations in May 2016. Click through other layers to see results from 2015. Mohawk River Watershed sampling in 2016 is in partnership with SUNY Cobleskill and a growing list of partners, […]

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Earlier this morning we started up the Mohawk from Waterford. This newborn fawn was sunning itself at Erie Canal Lock 4 in the Waterford Flight. The lock operator pointed it out to us. A lovely, lovely way to start the day.

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Saw Kill Sampling
Time Warner Cable documents the first sampling of the Saw Kill Watershed Community on May 20, 2016. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
The 2016 water sampling season is in full swing, with Riverkeeper and our partners set to take samples from more than 330 locations over 12 days in May, providing our largest ever snapshot of water quality in the Hudson River Watershed. As the season continues, […]

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We came down from Ossining this morning. Carol Knudson of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory collected the first sample for Season 9 of our water quality monitoring program at 10:36, off the mouth of the Saw Mill River in Yonkers. Our community science partners are […]

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In the fall of 2015, six alumni Fellows were commissioned to create a short documentary film for Riverkeeper in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The film, KEEPING ON, explores how and why the watchdog organization was founded, many of its incredible accomplishments, and the steps necessary to preserve the integrity of the Hudson River.

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