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, 26 Aug 2016 20:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Resistance to proposed new barge anchorages stiff http://www.kingstonx.com/2016/08/26/resistance-to-proposed-new-barge-anchorages-stiff/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:40:30 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44255 Resistance to proposed new barge anchorages stiff

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Algae bloom in Wallkill River prompts warning http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20160826/algae-bloom-in-wallkill-river-prompts-warning Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:23:36 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44251 http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20160826/algae-bloom-in-wallkill-river-prompts-warning

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Don’t let GE off the Hook! http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2016/08/26/20160826dont-let-ge-off-the-hook/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:44:46 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44235 http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2016/08/26/20160826dont-let-ge-off-the-hook/

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Public Warned to Avoid Contact with Potentially Harmful Algae on Wallkill River http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/news/water-quality/public-warned-avoid-contact-potentially-harmful-algae-wallkill-river/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:52:35 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44216 Contacts: Jason West, Wallkill River Watershed Alliance Director, 845-532-7584, wallkillalliance@gmail.com Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager, 845-797-2158, dshapley@riverkeeper.org Wallkill River Watershed Alliance and Riverkeeper document, report and notify public of potential risks from bright green algae NEW PALTZ – The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance […]

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Algae covered the river at the village boat launch at Sojourner Truth Park. If nutrients produce algae or slime that impair recreational use, then state Water Quality Standards have been violated. (Photo by Jason West / Wallkill River Watershed Alliance)

Algae covered the river at the village boat launch at Sojourner Truth Park. If nutrients produce algae or slime that impair recreational use, then state Water Quality Standards have been violated. (Photo by Jason West / Wallkill River Watershed Alliance)

Contacts:
Jason West, Wallkill River Watershed Alliance Director, 845-532-7584, wallkillalliance@gmail.com
Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager, 845-797-2158, dshapley@riverkeeper.org

Wallkill River Watershed Alliance and Riverkeeper document, report and notify public of potential risks from bright green algae

NEW PALTZ – The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance and Riverkeeper have documented potentially Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in a section of the Wallkill River. Harmful algae may produce toxins that could pose a risk to people who come into contact with the water.

The public is urged to avoid contact with amy floating mats, scum or discolored water, particularly water that appears bright green or has bright green streaks.

Harmful algae of the genus Microcystis was first documented August 15 and 16, after analysis by Jillian Decker, Ph.D., of SUNY Rockland, and John Gotto, Ph.D., of SUNY Ulster. A bloom observed August 24 and today has the same visual appearance, and after consultation with Department of Environmental Conservation August 25, Wallkill River Watershed Alliance and Riverkeeper are warning the public to avoid contact with the water where bright green algae is visible.

Microcystis is one of three genera of freshwater cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) that are being tracked widely as sources of harmful algal blooms, such as those that have made headlines this summer in South Florida. Some strains of these harmful species can produce toxins that may be harmful to people, dogs or other pets, livestock and wildlife from ingestion, skin contact or inhalation. If people or pets are exposed to potential HABs, they should be rinsed off with clean water immediately. Health effects may include skin irritation, gastrointestinal problems or serious illness.

The algae bloom was visible from bank to bank in the vicinity of New Paltz, including Sojourner Truth Park and at the Carmine Liberta (Route 299) Bridge reconstruction site. It has been visible as far upstream as Gardiner and as far downstream as Rifton. Other public access locations within this section include the Village of New Paltz boat launch on Springtown Road, the Wallkill River Valley Rail Trail bridge crossing, the DEC boat launch in Town of Rosendale, Perrine’s Bridge Park in Town of Esopus, and several informal access sites used by anglers.

A similar harmful algal bloom was identified last year at this time. Conditions that lead to algae blooms such as this include high temperatures, slow or stagnant water, and excess nutrients in the water from sewage (both treated and untreated), and runoff of fertilizers from farms and lawns.

The Wallkill is used by the public in this region for a variety of recreation.

If you observe a suspicious algal bloom on the Wallkill River , please photograph it and send photos to wallkillalliance@gmail.com, and use the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance’s Harmful Algal Bloom reporting form to document and report it: http://www.riverkeeper.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Wallkill-River-Watershed-Alliance_Harmful-Algal-Bloom-Monitoring-Program.pdf

The community science projects that made these Wallkill River observations possible are funded in part by the Environmental Protection Fund, via the Hudson River Estuary Program.

Additional information for reporters and the public

Riverkeeper blog posts on recent Wallkill River algae blooms:
http://www.riverkeeper.org/patrol/another-potentially-harmful-algae-bloom-wallkill-river
http://www.riverkeeper.org/patrol/another-potentially-harmful-algal-bloom-wallkill

Department of Environmental Conservation Harmful Algal Bloom page:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html

Department of Health Blue-Green Algae Page
https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on Harmful Algal Bloom-Associated Illnesses
http://www.cdc.gov/habs

Environmental Protection Agency page on Harmful Algal Blooms:
https://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/harmful-algal-blooms

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About Wallkill River Watershed Alliance
The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance exists to restore the ecological health of the Wallkill River and its watershed. We want a Wallkill one can swim in, a Wallkill one can fish, and a Wallkill free of pollution. http://www.wallkillalliance.org/

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Warning issued about potentially toxic algae bloom in Wallkill River http://www.recordonline.com/news/20160825/warning-issued-about-potentially-toxic-algae-bloom-in-wallkill-river Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:24:00 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44253 http://www.recordonline.com/news/20160825/warning-issued-about-potentially-toxic-algae-bloom-in-wallkill-river

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State wants Champlain Canal clean-up, with payer to be determined http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/08/champlain-canal-dredging-would-be-an-environmental-and-economic-effort-104954 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:48:01 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44202 http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/08/champlain-canal-dredging-would-be-an-environmental-and-economic-effort-104954

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What You Need To Know About the Proposed Hudson River Anchorage Sites http://www.westchestermagazine.com/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-the-Proposed-Hudson-River-Anchorage-Sites/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:30:42 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44169 http://www.westchestermagazine.com/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-the-Proposed-Hudson-River-Anchorage-Sites/

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Anchorages: Officials Call For Environmental Impact Study http://www.hvpress.net/news/125/ARTICLE/16585/2016-08-24.html Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:57:42 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44158 http://www.hvpress.net/news/125/ARTICLE/16585/2016-08-24.html

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DEC: Dredging not done yet http://wnyt.com/news/dec-dredging-pcbs-hudson-river-seggos/4242381/?cat=10114 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:11:34 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44153 http://wnyt.com/news/dec-dredging-pcbs-hudson-river-seggos/4242381/?cat=10114

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DEC assails EPA Hudson River cleanup http://www.registerstar.com/news/article_534f205a-69b9-11e6-b996-c7d17d6c5b5c.html Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:41:14 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44139 http://www.registerstar.com/news/article_534f205a-69b9-11e6-b996-c7d17d6c5b5c.html

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