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. 2016-08-29T17:04:14Z http://www.riverkeeper.org/feed/atom/ Jen Benson <![CDATA[wAterR waTer]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44260 2016-08-29T16:12:38Z 2016-08-29T16:12:35Z A Water-themed art exhibit will be opening in September at Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring. This exhibit on water by four artists – Barbara Galazzo, Carla Goldberg, Bob Madden and Karen Madden at Gallery 66 in Cold Spring. DATE/TIMES: Exhibits will be on view […]

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"Napili" by Karen Madden is part of the exhibit at Gallery 66 NY.

“Napili” by Karen Madden is part of the exhibit at Gallery 66 NY.

A Water-themed art exhibit will be opening in September at Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring. This exhibit on water by four artists – Barbara Galazzo, Carla Goldberg, Bob Madden and Karen Madden at Gallery 66 in Cold Spring.

DATE/TIMES:
Exhibits will be on view from September 2nd through October 2nd.
The gallery’s regular hours are Friday through Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm.

DETAILS:
Opening reception on Friday, September 2nd from 6-9 pm.
Featured Artists Talk will be held at 4 pm on September 18th.

LOCATION:
Gallery 66 NY, 66 Main St., Cold Spring, NY.

MORE:
For more information call 845-809-5838 or go to www.gallery66ny.com. Event is free.

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Will state take legal action to fund Champlain dredging?]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44275 2016-08-29T16:58:36Z 2016-08-28T16:57:51Z http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/Will-state-take-legal-action-to-fund-Champlain-9189799.php?cmpid=twitter-tablet

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Resistance to proposed new barge anchorages stiff]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44255 2016-08-26T20:40:30Z 2016-08-26T20:40:30Z Resistance to proposed new barge anchorages stiff

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Resistance to proposed new barge anchorages stiff

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Algae bloom in Wallkill River prompts warning]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44251 2016-08-26T20:23:36Z 2016-08-26T20:23:36Z http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20160826/algae-bloom-in-wallkill-river-prompts-warning

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Algae blooms in Wallkill River prompt warning]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44277 2016-08-29T17:04:14Z 2016-08-26T16:59:15Z http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20160826/algae-blooms-in-wallkill-river-prompt-warning

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[New Jersey stays out of N.Y.’s fight to clean up the Hudson]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44272 2016-08-29T16:57:23Z 2016-08-26T16:56:24Z http://www.northjersey.com/news/new-jersey-stays-out-of-n-y-s-fight-to-clean-up-the-hudson-1.1650989

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Don’t let GE off the Hook!]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44235 2016-08-26T15:44:46Z 2016-08-26T15:44:46Z http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2016/08/26/20160826dont-let-ge-off-the-hook/

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Public Warned to Avoid Contact with Potentially Harmful Algae on Wallkill River]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44216 2016-08-25T20:53:45Z 2016-08-25T20:52:35Z 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

About Riverkeeper
Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

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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Leah Rae <![CDATA[Warning issued about potentially toxic algae bloom in Wallkill River]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44253 2016-08-26T20:24:42Z 2016-08-25T20:24:00Z http://www.recordonline.com/news/20160825/warning-issued-about-potentially-toxic-algae-bloom-in-wallkill-river

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Leah Rae <![CDATA[State wants Champlain Canal clean-up, with payer to be determined]]> http://www.riverkeeper.org/?p=44202 2016-08-25T15:48:01Z 2016-08-25T15:48:01Z 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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