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The State Department of Health is now accepting public comments on the draft Filtration Avoidance Determination (or FAD) for New York City’s water supply. More
Cornell Professors Michael Van Amburgh and Karl Czymmek published a blog attempting to dispute one of the figures referenced in the recent lawsuit brought on behalf of Riverkeeper and others by Earthjustice. In the suit, we challenge the weak, unenforceable and secretive permit that regulates the largest dairies in the state. More
Under new regulations proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation, a key part of the environmental review process would be removed, disempowering governmental entities and the public in favor of large developers and industry. The environmental impact statement drafting process is a crucial part of […] More
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Lower Esopus Creek as it enters the Hudson, Google Maps, 2011
The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued the final scope of review for the study that will examine the impacts of New York City’s high-volume, muddy discharges from the Ashokan Reservoir to the Lower Esopus Creek. More
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Photo by Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Director: Pecks Creek runs green with silage on April 12, 2017
Riverkeeper is fighting for stronger measures against pollution of our waterways by industrial animal farms. Please let DEC know that given the risks involved, these permits should be thorough, enforceable and reviewable by public and state agencies. More
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Photo: Sara Moriarty / Riverkeeper
We need your help to save the environmental review process that led to New York’s fracking ban. Under new regulations proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a key part of the process would be removed, disempowering governmental entities and the public in favor […] More
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently claimed that no frack waste is being dumped in New York. FACT CHECK: But since 2010, at least 23,000 barrels of liquid waste and 590,000 tons of solid waste from Pennsylvania’s fracking operations have been dumped in New York landfills. More
Ashokan Reservoir
The New York State Department of Health will soon determine whether New York City’s water supply may remain unfiltered for the next decade. Roughly 90% of the the City’s water comes from a 1,600 square mile watershed in the Catskill Mountains. From there, roughly one billion gallons per day are piped through a series of gravity-fed aqueducts and reservoirs to serve nine million consumers in the City and Lower Hudson Valley. More
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Photo: CC, US Department of Agriculture
Rampant agricultural discharges are contaminating waters across the state. New York is the third largest milk production state with roughly 620,000 cows, each of which is estimated to produce 120 pounds of liquid manure per day. More
The Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“SGEIS”) on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (“HVHF”) is a document to be celebrated. It contains the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (“DEC”) finding that “there is currently insufficient scientific information to conclude that [HVHF] can be undertaken […] More
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It would be hard to overestimate the importance of the victory won today by municipalities and grassroots advocates across New York State. In a landmark decision, the State’s highest Court ruled that local municipal governments may decide if and where gas companies can perform the highly industrial practice known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) within town borders. More
The Lower Esopus Creek
Photo courtesy Ulster County
The final consent order dealing with NYC's unauthorized discharges of turbid, muddy water from its Ashokan Reservoir to the Lower Esopus Creek fails to protect homes, businesses or the environment. More
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