Riverkeeper Riverkeeper defends the Hudson River and its tributaries and protect the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. 2016-07-22T20:19:19Z http://www.riverkeeper.org/feed/atom/ Jennifer Epstein <![CDATA[Collect and identify stream invertebrates from the Wallkill River Watershed]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43552 2016-07-22T12:50:14Z 2016-07-22T12:49:32Z 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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Cliff Weathers <![CDATA[Major City of Poughkeepsie water fix gets new money]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43505 2016-07-21T19:28:35Z 2016-07-21T19:14:44Z http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/central-dutchess/2016/07/20/poughkeepsie-reservoir-water-grant/87344106/

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Gwendolyn Chambers <![CDATA[Public Meeting on NYC’s 2017 Filtration Avoidance Determination]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43434 2016-07-18T19:06:04Z 2016-07-18T19:06:04Z 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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Cliff Weathers <![CDATA[Hudson River pollutants: pesticides, drugs and DEET]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43425 2016-07-18T16:38:14Z 2016-07-17T16:25:21Z http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/07/15/hudson-rvier-micropollutants-riverkeeper/87134634/

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Dan Shapley http://www.riverkeeper.org <![CDATA[Watershed Protection on Healthy Ulster Radio]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43399 2016-07-19T19:58:17Z 2016-07-15T20:52:48Z 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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Cliff Weathers <![CDATA[Riverkeeper study finds chemical compounds in Hudson River estuaries but says swimming spots generally safe]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43423 2016-07-18T15:40:03Z 2016-07-15T15:35:48Z 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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Cliff Weathers <![CDATA[Study Finds Pharmaceuticals, Other Micropollutants In Hudson Estuary]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43421 2016-07-18T15:34:22Z 2016-07-15T15:28:43Z http://wamc.org/post/study-finds-pharmaceuticals-other-micropollutants-hudson-estuary#stream/0

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Study finds diverse set of pharmaceuticals and other ‘micropollutants’ in Hudson River Estuary]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43285 2016-07-18T01:34:45Z 2016-07-15T13:00:11Z Cornell scientists test for pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products; 83 of 117 substances are detected For Immediate Release: July 15, 2016 Contacts: Leah Rae, Riverkeeper media specialist, (914) 478-4501, ext. 238, lrae@riverkeeper.org Damian E. Helbling, assistant professor, Cornell University, School of Civil and Environmental […]

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Cornell scientists test for pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products;
83 of 117 substances are detected

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2016

Contacts:
Leah Rae, Riverkeeper media specialist, (914) 478-4501, ext. 238, lrae@riverkeeper.org
Damian E. Helbling, assistant professor, Cornell University, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, (607) 255-5146, deh262@cornell.edu

Kingston, N.Y. – A first-of-its-kind study of the Hudson River Estuary has found a long and varied list of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and personal care products in the water – 83 out of 117 micropollutants targeted – ranging from the anti-depressant venlafaxine to the insect repellant DEET.

IMG_7076 (2)Two scientists from the Cornell University School of Civil and Environmental Engineering conducted the study in partnership with Riverkeeper, which conducts regular water quality monitoring at 74 locations in the estuary. The Cornell scientists analyzed 24 water samples drawn from eight of the 74 locations, between the Mohawk River’s confluence with the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. The samples were collected in June, July, September and October of 2015.

Pharmaceuticals, personal care products and pesticides are often called ‘micropollutants’ because they are present at low concentrations, typically at micro to nanogram per liter levels. To provide a rough comparison, concentrations measured in the Hudson were on the order of one aspirin tablet dissolved in an olympic-sized swimming pool.

These chemicals in the water may affect aquatic life even at these low concentrations. For example, some chemicals are known to inhibit photosynthesis in algae or disrupt the nervous system of aquatic organisms. Other chemicals may impair the reproduction of fish. These processes can have cascading effects through food chains and ecosystems. The effects of many of these chemicals on human health are largely unknown, and relatively little data exist to characterize their presence in most waters, including the Hudson River.

Damian E. Helbling, one of the authors, from the Cornell University School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said: “The results of this study are not surprising. We use chemicals in nearly every facet of our daily lives. The fact is, many of the chemicals we use are excreted in toilets, washed down the drain, or transported by rainfall from urban or agricultural landscapes.”

“These are compounds the public often asks about as we patrol the river and gather water samples: ‘What about pesticides? What about pharmaceuticals? What about personal care products?’” said Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager. “And they’re right to ask, because we know that these are important, but largely undocumented categories of pollution that could have impacts on aquatic life or human health. This study gives us some important baseline information.”

Helbling added: “It is essential to understand the occurrence of these chemicals in an important water body like the Hudson River. We’re interested in further study to identify sources of these micropollutants and to prevent their occurrence or mitigate their effects.”

“Recent events in New York and elsewhere have highlighted the need for continued diligence to assessing and protecting surface and ground water quality,” said Todd Walter, director of Cornell Water Resources Institute, which provided funding for the project. “The New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) is committed to supporting and engaging in research like this that advances our ability to identify and address micropollutants in our state’s waters.”

Among the findings:

• 83 micropollutants were detected in at least one of the 24 samples, including 20 pesticides and 50 pharmaceuticals.

• Eight micropollutants were present in all of the samples: atenolol (beta blocker), atenolol acid (metabolite of atenolol), velafaxine (anti-depressant), caffeine (stimulant), paraxanthine (metabolite of caffeine), sucralose (artificial sweetener), methyl benzotriazole (an industrial chemical), and DEET (insect repellant).

• The samples taken near wastewater treatment plant outfalls showed higher numbers of pharmaceuticals. This highlights the importance of sewage outfalls as a source of certain micropollutants in the estuary.

• Overall, the diversity and concentration of micropollutants in the Hudson were similar to those observed in other large surface water systems around the world.

The study was the first comprehensive survey of micropollutants in the Hudson River Estuary and will assist in developing future research on this type of pollution and the related environmental risk. Further sampling in 2016 will seek to determine whether and how tributaries may act as sources of micropollutants, in comparison with sewage treatment plant outfalls on the river.

Riverkeeper provided support for the research through coordination with its water quality monitoring program, which tests primarily for the fecal indicator bacteria Enterococcus. Samples are collected from the Riverkeeper patrol boat at 74 locations along the Hudson and from community science partners at hundreds of other locations along the tributaries and the New York City shoreline. The data is publicly available and posted on interactive maps at riverkeeper.org/water-quality.

Further funding was provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

Read the study:

Target Screening for Micropollutants in the Hudson River Estuary

See a Facebook Live video of the news conference, July 15 in Kingston:

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Carol Knudson of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Jennifer Epstein of Riverkeeper rig a bottle to a pole for sampling associated with “micropollutant” analysis by Cornell researchers. (Photo: Dan Shapley)

Carol Knudson of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Jennifer Epstein of Riverkeeper rig a bottle to a pole for sampling associated with “micropollutant” analysis by Cornell researchers. (Photo: Dan Shapley)

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Jen Benson <![CDATA[Compost Building and more along the Gowanus Canal]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43351 2016-07-14T16:14:00Z 2016-07-14T16:12:15Z Welcome the fall season with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy! We will be propagating plants, and stewarding bioswales and trees in the neighborhood. We will additionally be building a compost windrow (the production of compost by piling organic matter or biodegradable waste), to divert more than […]

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Welcome the fall season with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy! We will be propagating plants, and stewarding bioswales and trees in the neighborhood. We will additionally be building a compost windrow (the production of compost by piling organic matter or biodegradable waste), to divert more than 6,000 pounds of food scraps from the landfill. Volunteers will be using pitchforks, shovels, and wheelbarrows to incorporate woodchips, leaves, and food scraps into a compost pile.

Please wear closed-toed shoes (boots preferred), clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and hat/sunscreen if needed. The Conservancy will provide all tools, materials, and gloves, including snacks and water.

RSVP to volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org.

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Jen Benson <![CDATA[NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Forum]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=43345 2016-07-14T16:10:06Z 2016-07-14T16:09:29Z The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) wants to hear your priorities for improving the waters, waterfronts, and watersheds of the New York-New Jersey harbor and estuary. From Poughkeepsie to Perth Amboy, from the Bronx to the Bayshore, we want your vision to shape our upcoming Action Agenda.

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Roused for rivers? Swayed by bays? Raise your voice! The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) wants to hear your priorities for improving the waters, waterfronts, and watersheds of the New York-New Jersey harbor and estuary. From Poughkeepsie to Perth Amboy, from the Bronx to the Bayshore, we want your vision to shape our upcoming Action Agenda. HEP is developing its five-year action agenda to reach its goals of improving water quality, habitat, water access, sediment management and education and this is your chance to give input on the plan.

Join the LES Ecology Center and HEP for a public workshop about the needs of the East River and the greater New York-New Jersey harbor and estuary.

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