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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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Have not been here in years. Nice to be back. There are six visiting vessels at the community owned boat basin. Now after sunset there is a steady flow of people enjoying the River and a lovely cool evening. And there has been a constant […] More
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Earlier this morning we started up the Mohawk from Waterford. This newborn fawn was sunning itself at Erie Canal Lock 4 in the Waterford Flight. The lock operator pointed it out to us. A lovely, lovely way to start the day. More
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We came down from Ossining this morning. Carol Knudson of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory collected the first sample for Season 9 of our water quality monitoring program at 10:36, off the mouth of the Saw Mill River in Yonkers. Our community science partners are […] More
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On Saturday we were southbound after the kayaktivist / 350.0rg event in the Port of Albany – patrolling Creeks as usual. Entering Esopus Creek, we found Patrick and Cricket at the Lighthouse. Got my FIRST wave from Cricket. That’s a big deal. I’ve waited years. […] More
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The fact that there are more juvenile Atlantic sturgeon, as announced this week by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, is great news. More
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