Riverkeeper Blogs

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Good news: The legal steps are now in place to guide a thorough cleanup of the Hastings shoreline, one of the most contaminated areas of the Hudson River, where toxic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) have been poisoning river life for decades. It’s a major milestone in […] More
New York City’s 5-cent bag fee was carefully deliberated by the City Council for over two years, demonstrating how democracy and sensible solutions can be reached in the country’s largest city. Governor Cuomo’s signature of the bill has the very disappointing effect of placing a […] More
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New York State Senator Felder has reintroduced a bill (S362) to prevent New York City’s bag fee from going into effect on February 15. Similar laws around the country have significantly reduced the amount of single-use bags clogging storm drains, collecting in our waterways, filling landfills, and threatening aquatic life. Help defend this legislation and stand up for trash-free waterways. More
Albany County undecided legislators
We’ve gotten nearly 1,000 people to sign the petition supporting the proposed ban on styrofoam in Albany County, but we need to show the County that citizens want this ban to go into effect in a big way. Here are two big things you can […] More
Sparkill Creek Comparison Chart
Geometric mean of all samples taken per tributary. Geometric mean is a weighted average. The average contamination levels in the creek far exceed EPA safe swimming criteria. Data includes 2016 results, which are still undergoing quality assurance, so these results are preliminary.
Riverkeeper’s tributary community science program started with the Sparkill Creek, and a little girl who smelled something awful at the creek’s edge and told her teacher, “What are the adults going to do about this?” The teacher was Laurie Seeman, of Strawtown Studio, and with […] More
While we don't know what killed the minke whale found dead today near LaGuardia Airport, we know water quality in Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek can be deadly to wildlife. More
In one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State addresses today, he proposed a $2 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act to pay for many of the priorities Riverkeeper has been advocating for, including upgrading and modernizing wastewater treatment, and protecting drinking water at its source. More
The Water Quality and Contamination report released Jan. 3 by the New York State Senate’s Standing Committees on Health and Environmental Conservation highlights some important issues related to how the State responds to emerging contaminants in drinking water, but it fails to address needed preventative steps to protect drinking water supplies from contamination in the first place. More
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US Air Force photo showing firefighting exercise at Stewart Air National Guard in 2004.
Nine months after test results identified the Stewart Air National Guard Base as the most important source of toxic PFOS to Newburgh’s drinking water supply and other downstream waters, contaminated water continues to be discharged without treatment. It’s past time for the U.S. Military to […] More
Newburgh is continuing to make progress eliminating discharges of untreated sewage directly to the Hudson River. In May 2014, Riverkeeper publicized data that suggested sewage was escaping Newburgh’s combined sewer system even in dry weather. That ultimately prompted a high-impact investigation in November 2015 that […] More
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