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, 30 Sep 2016 18:59:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 National Prescription Drug Takeback Day http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/national-prescription-drug-takeback-day/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:49:10 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45133 In a first-of-its-kind study in 2015, working with Cornell University, Riverkeeper documented dozens of compounds, including pharmaceuticals, in the Hudson River Estuary. Numbers and levels of pharmaceuticals were higher near the outfalls of wastewater treatment plants, presumably both because we excrete many of the medicines […]

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In a first-of-its-kind study in 2015, working with Cornell University, Riverkeeper documented dozens of compounds, including pharmaceuticals, in the Hudson River Estuary. Numbers and levels of pharmaceuticals were higher near the outfalls of wastewater treatment plants, presumably both because we excrete many of the medicines we ingest, and because many people flush unused medications.

While it’s important to keep unused medications out of the hands of those who might abuse them, flushing is not a solution.

National Prescription Drug Takeback Day is a chance to get rid of your unused medications responsibly.

Search the DEA website for a collection point near you. There are dozens in the Hudson River Watershed.

If you can’t take part on National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, find a permanent pharmaceutical drop-box location at this Department of Health website.

Spread the word: If you have unused medications, take them to a drop-box or collection event. Don’t flush!

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Using Community Science to Improve Water Quality in the Hudson River Watershed http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/using-community-science-improve-water-quality-hudson-river-watershed/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:33:21 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45117 Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager Dan Shapley will give a presentation to the Rhinebeck Rotary on the topic of Riverkeeper’s community science projects. The public is welcome. There is a $20 cost, which covers the cost of lunch at the Beekman Arms.

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Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager Dan Shapley will give a presentation to the Rhinebeck Rotary on the topic of Riverkeeper’s community science projects.

The public is welcome. There is a $20 cost, which covers the cost of lunch at the Beekman Arms.

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A Tale of Three Creeks http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/tale-three-creeks/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:27:13 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45114 Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program Manager, will give a talk titled “A Tale of Three Creeks: Using Community Science to Improve Water Quality in the Hudson River Watershed” at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, as part of the museum’s monthly “Follow the River” lecture […]

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Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program Manager, will give a talk titled “A Tale of Three Creeks: Using Community Science to Improve Water Quality in the Hudson River Watershed” at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, as part of the museum’s monthly “Follow the River” lecture series.

The talk will cover insights from Riverkeeper’s community science water quality monitoring program, with stories about Westchester Creek, the Wallkill River and Quassaick Creek, where Riverkeeper and our partners have documented some of the region’s most pressing environmental problems.

Suggested donation to the museum is $5.

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Source Water Protection in the Saw Kill Watershed http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/source-water-protection-saw-kill-watershed/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:10:10 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45108 Riverkeeper and the Department of Environmental Conservation will make presentations about Source Water Protection at the next Saw Kill Watershed Community meeting. Source Water Protection refers to watershed protection in areas that are part of public drinking water supplies. Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program […]

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Riverkeeper and the Department of Environmental Conservation will make presentations about Source Water Protection at the next Saw Kill Watershed Community meeting. Source Water Protection refers to watershed protection in areas that are part of public drinking water supplies.

Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program Manager, will discuss the lessons from Newburgh’s drinking water quality crisis, and how other communities can take action utilizing existing state and federal laws to better protect their drinking water supplies.

Elisa Chae of the Hudson River Estuary Program will present about tools and technical advice available for protecting drinking water sources.

The Saw Kill is the drinking water supply for Bard College, and other wells within the watershed supply communities with drinking water.

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First Annual Meeting of the Roe Jan Watershed Community http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/other-events/first-annual-meeting-roe-jan-watershed-community/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:47:51 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45076 Bring your friends and neighbors for this watershed community celebration event. We will review the results of the 2016 Enterococcus testing, and discuss future projects and objectives for our fledgling Roe Jan Watershed Community.

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Bring your friends and neighbors for this watershed community celebration event.

We will review the results of the 2016 Enterococcus testing, and discuss future projects and objectives for our fledgling Roe Jan Watershed Community.

Meet your watershed community members, supporters from Riverkeeper, Trout Unlimited, the Bard College Water Lab, citizen volunteers, and others who have helped to make our initial project a success.

The Suarez Family will have glasses and growlers of their delicious craft brews available for purchase.
Suarez Family Brewery, Route 9 in Livingston, north of Blue Stores (www.suarezfamilybrewery.com)

Please forward this note to anyone who might be interested.

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NYC Drinking Water Online Forum http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/nyc-drinking-water-online-forum/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:46:29 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45048 Learn more about efforts to keep New York City's award winning drinking water highly protected and unfiltered during this online forum.

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Ashokan Reservoir (Photo Credit: Kara Matthews, Riverkeeper. 08/2014)

Ashokan Reservoir (Photo Credit: Kara Matthews, Riverkeeper. 08/2014)

Join the New York State Department of Health for an online public information meeting to learn about the process of reviewing and reissuing New York City’s watershed Filtration Avoidance Determination, and comment on the process.

New York City’s award-winning drinking water critically needs a Filtration Avoidance Determination to ensure the strictest possible protections remain in place to protect New York City’s drinking water source. Filtration of public drinking water supplies should be considered as a last resort to be employed only when an unfiltered water supply poses an imminent threat to public health. Sound watershed protection programs not only safeguard human health and aquatic life but also are vastly more economical than filtration.

Learn more about New York City’s Drinking Water and critical efforts to protect this water source.

Join the forum online at: https://goo.gl/79IV4H
Call into the forum: 1-518-549-0500
Meeting ID: 645 167 940

Download the Flyer Here

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Public meeting on Newburgh drinking water contamination http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/newburgh-pfos-public-meeting/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:49:43 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45038 Newburgh, NY – The City of Newburgh will host a public information meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00PM to discuss the status of the City of Newburgh’s public drinking water supply. This is an important opportunity for the public to learn, ask questions and make their voices heard about the state of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

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Newburgh, NY – The City of Newburgh will host a public information meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00PM to discuss the status of the City of Newburgh’s public drinking water supply. The City of Newburgh is coordinating with the Orange County Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Representatives from the City of Newburgh and various agencies will be in attendance and available for questions during the meeting.

This is an important opportunity for the public to learn, ask questions and make their voices heard about the state of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

Learn more about PFOS discharges and the Newburgh drinking water crisis.

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Still no answers in Newtown Creek black goo mystery https://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2016/9/26/still-no-answers-newtown-creek-black-goo-mystery Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:52:36 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45012 Still no answers in Newtown Creek black goo mystery

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Still no answers in Newtown Creek black goo mystery

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Riverkeeper calls for immediate shutdown of Algonquin pipeline expansion http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2016/September/27/AlgPipe_opp-27Sep16.html Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:22:53 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45034 http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2016/September/27/AlgPipe_opp-27Sep16.html

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Public Hearing on Suez Water Plans for Rockland County – NYS Public Service Commission http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/other-events/public-hearing-suez-water-plans-rockland-county-nys-public-service-commission/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:28:21 +0000 http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=45001 Suez seeks to charge Rockland $54.1 million for its failed desalination project. Over 15 years Rockland would pay up to a stunning $82 million for a project that never started construction!

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The PSC could soon make a decision on Suez’s proposal for Rockland County’s water. The ongoing plan for Rockland is the critical next step to ensure that the county’s residents get a program that puts their water future on the right path. Now is the time to tell the PSC:

– YES to strong water conservation plans!
– NO to corporate bailout of $54.1 million for Suez’s failed desalination project!

Suez (formerly United Water) wants to charge Rockland residents $54.1 million to pay for its failed desalination project. Rockland County residents should not foot the bill of corporate mismanagement.

Rockland also needs robust water conservation plans. But Suez is only proposing a plan that will do the provide the minimum effort required rather than the robust, forward-thinking plan that Rockland County deserves.

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