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A photo of a dead sturgeon brings our eyes back to the challenges we still face in restoring the Hudson River. More
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NY/NJ Outer Harbor Barrier (Alternative 2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
You may not have heard, but you should: In response to Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering six different plans involving massive in-water storm surge barriers and/or land-based floodwalls, dunes and levees intended to “manage the risk of coastal storm damage” to New York Harbor and the Hudson Valley. More
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Today we passed Colonie Landfill during a patrol of the Mohawk River, and noticed more activity than we’ve seen in the past. Over the objections of Riverkeeper and the communities of Waterford and Halfmoon, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation granted approvals allowing […] More
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Our patrol boat’s stern frame or “gantry” was built over the 2006/07 winter. We received a grant from the Hudson River Improvement Fund and had great help with design, fabrication and assembly from good friends Jay Ardai, Gary Amann and Hugo Van Der Heide. We […] More
In this time-lapse video by Michael Levine, you see the transition from flood to ebb along the Hudson River at Hastings. The change of the tide occurs approximately every six hours. Only when there’s ice, and only thanks to this time-lapse photographer, do we get […] More
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Early Wednesday morning there was dense fog westbound for Rome. Then suddenly bright sun near the Utica bridges. Blocked at Lock 20, last lock, because of electrical problems. Thankful that I didn’t get west of the lock before it broke down. Turned back east, and […] More
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When I tell people I’ve been running on the Hudson for 17 years, they sometimes say, Don’t you get tired of seeing the same thing? You’ve sailed around the world, don’t you get tired of being in the same place? This is what I saw […] More
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Nice when a problem gets solved on the spot. We found a red metal 55-gallon drum floating near a scrap yard during our water sampling patrol on the Bronx River earlier this month, Aug. 9. One of the yard guys yelled over that if we […] More
Barge aground - another warning
Photo: Arielle Herman
We are very fortunate that  there was no spill today when a barge carrying 60,000 barrels of gasoline ran aground on the Hudson near Catskill. We are fortunate that all the barges carrying petroleum on the Hudson are double-hulled, which gives much greater margin of safety. However, […] More
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Hudson River off Hyde Park. (Photo: John Lipscomb / Riverkeeper)
Looking south just before sunrise Monday morning, as we pass the existing, authorized anchorage for commercial vessels at Hyde Park. No vessels were anchored here. None were here the evening before, when we arrived from Ossining. If this existing authorized anchorage is underutilized, what is […] More
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Fog on the Mohawk River earlier this morning. Beautiful. Almost all signs of human development scrubbed away. Low visibility. More
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During our inbound patrol on Newtown Creek this morning we came upon many small plastic bags floating in a tight cluster between Empire Transit Mix and the mouth of Maspeth Creek. We spent about a half hour picking them up using the boat hook and […] More

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