Riverkeeper Blogs

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Earth Day is one day on the calendar, but Riverkeeper fights to safeguard our waterways and drinking water all year round – and has for more than 50 years. 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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Riverkeeper has updated our website with data from a special April patrol of the Hudson River Estuary. The patrol was timed to capture the impact of wet weather, to support partner research into pharmaceuticals and other wastewater impacts. We saw the results in the data, […] More
NY enacts "gold standard" clean water protections
Last week, New York’s leaders did more to protect the Empire State’s rivers and drinking water than at any other time since the modern environmental movement began more than a half a century ago. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have […] 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
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
First sample of 2017 season
Carol Knudson of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory grabs the first sample of the 2017 season from the Riverkeeper patrol boat on April 4, 2017. (Photo by John Lipscomb / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper will gather water samples from New York Harbor to the Capital District this week, with a special early patrol timed to gather water samples after rain. More
Monhegan Brook sewage overflow
Sewage overflows, such as this suspected overflow in the Monhegan Brook, a Wallkill River tributary in Middletown, are common in the Hudson River Watershed during rain. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
When it rains, it pours sewage. If lawmakers finalizing the budget need any more reasons to go big on new investments in water infrastructure, the recent rains provided them. Below is a quick accounting of sewage overflows reported by communities in the Hudson River Watershed since […] More
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders are in the final stages of negotiating the next New York State budget, with potentially historic levels of new funding for clean water projects. Riverkeeper has been advocating for several measures. Here’s what we will be watching […] More
Read Historic Agreement to Close Indian Point
Photo: Giles Ashford
Despite suggestions to the contrary, a new natural gas-fired power plant in the shadow of the Indian Point nuclear power plant is neither viable nor necessary. It's an idea that must be rejected. More
2017 Fishermen's Ball
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