Blog articles by Riverkeeper staff and supporters

New York City’s two most notoriously polluted waterways were listed as federal Superfund sites within months of each other a decade ago. Since then, a full-fledged cleanup has begun in Gowanus Canal – yet Newtown Creek has no relief in sight. More
More than 300,000 Rockland County residents learned in late 2020 that drinking water sources have levels of PFAS chemicals that exceed New York State's Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFOA. More
Riverkeeper and its allies lobbied furiously for WRDA2020, which will require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update many of its most dangerously outdated coastal protection project guidelines. As 2020 grinds to a close, we can celebrate an aggressive new law addressing the massive risks to coastal communities and ecosystems posed by climate change. More
Despite unprecedented challenges, Riverkeeper made enormous advances in the areas of water quality, biodiversity, climate preparedness and community empowerment this year. Here is a sample of our many achievements in 2020. More
Riverkeeper is watchdogging Port Authority’s Airtrain proposal. A construction from Citi Field to LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York. More
Over the last two weeks, Riverkeeper has received numerous reports of dead and dying fish spotted throughout a 60-mile area from New York Harbor north along the Hudson to Mystery Point in Garrison, and as far away as the North Fork of Long Island. More
Urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign this bill granting protections for thousands of miles of New York’s streams. More
Photo: Rob Lowenthal
Although the Sweep 2020 event looked different this year, our volunteers, as always, succeeded in making a tangible improvement to shorelines and parks, all the way from Brooklyn to the Capital District. Here’s what we achieved together on October 17, 2020, during the 9th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep More
strooks_dam-10_lores-Photo by Jess Deitz
The removal of 2 obsolete dams makes way for renewed spawning habitat on Quassaick Creek in Newburgh and Furnace Brook in Westchester. More
An outbreak of giardiasis at Union College in Schenectady sickened 32 students. Newspapers quote campus officials that suggest the outbreak may have started with students who were exposed to contaminated water in one of two tributaries of the Mohawk River. More

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