Riverkeeper http://www.riverkeeper.org Riverkeeper defends the Hudson River and its tributaries and protect the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:49:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Newtown Creek Walking Tour with Mitch Waxman http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/other-events/newtown-creek-walking-tour/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:49:54 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43651 Join NYCH20 and historian Mitch Waxman for a tour of Greenpoint that shows how the use and reuse of New York’s ancient streams can create a unique contemporary landscape.

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The history of Greenpoint is inextricably tied to Newtown Creek, an active waterway whose salt marshes and islands were filled in and paved over to make way for hundreds of factories and refineries. Greenpoint was reinvented as the location for the city’s largest and most modern sewage treatment plant. Among the sites to line the water was Peter Cooper’s glue factory, where the creation of edible gelatin resulted in heavy pollution; in later years, spillage from oil refineries would lead to Superfund status for Newtown Creek.

Join NYCH20 and historian Mitch Waxman for a tour of Greenpoint that shows how the use and reuse of New York’s ancient streams can create a unique contemporary landscape. Intense real estate development proceeds despite the all-too-real legacy of environmental catastrophe, while Newtown Creek’s natural environment shows signs of re-emergence. Bring your camera, as the tour will be revealing an incredible landscape along this section of the troubled Newtown Creek Watershed.

Be prepared for rough terrain and possible heavy truck traffic. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and hot weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk.

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Volunteers Needed: Help Survey Local Anglers about PCBs http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/volunteers-needed-help-survey-local-anglers-pcbs-2/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:59:40 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43613 Join the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson on Tuesday, August 2, from 6:30-7:30PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie for a training for volunteer survey conductors on gathering important data and stories from Hudson River anglers.

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The Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson will be conducting surveys with local anglers this summer to better understand how contamination in the river—including toxic PCBs General Electric (GE) dumped in it for decades—affects the lives of both recreational anglers and those who rely on its fish for subsistence.

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Join the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson on Tuesday, August 2, from 6:30-7:30PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie (map) where the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson offer a training for volunteer survey conductors on gathering important data and stories from Hudson River anglers.

Contact Jake Salt (jsalt@scenichudson.org; 845-473-4440, ext. 139) to sign up for this training or to find out about future training opportunities.

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Saving Jamaica Bay Film Screening http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/saving-jamaica-bay-film-screening/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:47:22 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43594 Join the Queens World Film Festival and Queensboro Hills Flushing Civic Association for a free screening of Saving Jamaica Bay, a film about this valuable natural resource and the stories of the people who live there.

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Join the Queens World Film Festival and Queensboro Hills Flushing Civic Association for a free screening of Saving Jamaica Bay. View the first-ever feature documentary about Jamaica Bay, about a remarkable and important natural resource, and the stories of the people who call it home. In production since August 2011, Saving Jamaica Bay is also the only documentary capturing Jamaica Bay before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy.

Preview the film and view the trailer here.

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The River Project’s 30th Anniversary Celebration http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/other-events/the-river-projects-30th-anniversary-celebration/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:59:44 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43587 This summer The River Project will mark 30 years of extraordinary and unique contributions connecting the people of New York and visitors from around the world to the marvels and mysteries of the Hudson River.

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This summer The River Project will mark 30 years of extraordinary and unique contributions connecting the people of New York and visitors from around the world to the marvels and mysteries of the Hudson River. On August 1, 2016, we will recognize this achievement in an evening of celebration on and under the River. We invite you to join us for a special 30th anniversary dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower Hybrid.

The event will feature the creatures of the Hudson River, live from underwater at Pier 42. Laurie Anderson will add special music.

Honorees include: Congressman Jerry Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Author Paul Greenberg.

Cocktail Hour 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Dinner Cruise 7:00 – 9:00 PM

RSVP by July 26th
More information and to RSVP

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Collect and identify stream invertebrates from the Wallkill River Watershed http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/collect-identify-stream-invertebrates-wallkill-river-watershed-2/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:49:32 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43552 Wallkill River Watershed Alliance members and WAVE coordinators Martha Cheo and Mike Sturm invite you to help collect and identify stream invertebrates from the Wallkill River Watershed, to help provide data on water quality for the DEC. Learn about what the “bugs under the rocks” […]

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Wallkill River Watershed Alliance members and WAVE coordinators Martha Cheo and Mike Sturm invite you to help collect and identify stream invertebrates from the Wallkill River Watershed, to help provide data on water quality for the DEC. Learn about what the “bugs under the rocks” can tell you about the health of a river.

On Wednesday, July 27, starting at 1pm, we will be sampling the following streams (rain date Friday, July 29):

Dwaar Kill in the Town of Shawangunk
Verkeerderkill in Town of Mamakating
Shawangunk Kill in Town of Crawford (if time permits)

On Wednesday, August 10, starting at 1pm, we will be sampling the following streams (rain date Thursday, August 11):

Shawangunk Kill in Town of Gardiner.
Wallkill River in Town of Gardiner.

On these two days, we will be out all afternoon, but if you can’t stay for the duration, any help is welcome.

If you are interested, please contact Martha Cheo at mcheo@hvc.rr.com to get details on where to meet and what to bring.

More information about the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance: http://www.wallkillalliance.org/

More information about the WAVE sampling program: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/92229.html

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Major City of Poughkeepsie water fix gets new money http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/central-dutchess/2016/07/20/poughkeepsie-reservoir-water-grant/87344106/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:14:44 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43505 http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/central-dutchess/2016/07/20/poughkeepsie-reservoir-water-grant/87344106/

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Public Meeting on NYC’s 2017 Filtration Avoidance Determination http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/public-meeting-on/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:06:04 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43434 A public meeting will be held about the issuance of NYC’s 2017 Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD). NYC Watershed residents and other Watershed stakeholders are invited to participate.

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A public meeting will be held about the issuance of NYC’s 2017 Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD). NYC Watershed residents and other Watershed stakeholders are invited to participate.

The meeting will be held July 20 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Pace University, Aniello Bianco Room, entrance at 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY.

Meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about NYC’s watershed protection and partnership programs and the process for reviewing and reissuing NYC’s FAD. Verbal comments on NYC’s FAD will be welcome and should be limited to 3-5 minutes. Written comments may also be submitted. Public input from these meetings will help inform the development of programs for the 2017 FAD.

For more information, please contact the NYS Department of Health at 518-402-7650.

http://planaheadnewyork.com/events/meetings/

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Hudson River pollutants: pesticides, drugs and DEET http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/07/15/hudson-rvier-micropollutants-riverkeeper/87134634/ Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:25:21 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43425 http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/07/15/hudson-rvier-micropollutants-riverkeeper/87134634/

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Watershed Protection on Healthy Ulster Radio http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/watershed-protection-healthy-ulster-radio/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:52:48 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43399 Listen to Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager, discuss watershed protection and other issues at the intersection of clean water and public health, with Ulster County Commissioner of Health Dr. Carol Smith and Vin Martello, Director of Community Health Relations. Here are the air […]

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Listen to Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager, discuss watershed protection and other issues at the intersection of clean water and public health, with Ulster County Commissioner of Health Dr. Carol Smith and Vin Martello, Director of Community Health Relations.

Here are the air times for the half hour program:

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Riverkeeper study finds chemical compounds in Hudson River estuaries but says swimming spots generally safe http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20160715/riverkeeper-study-finds-chemical-compounds-in-hudson-river-estuaries-but-says-swimming-spots-generally-safe Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:35:48 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43423 http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20160715/riverkeeper-study-finds-chemical-compounds-in-hudson-river-estuaries-but-says-swimming-spots-generally-safe

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