Riverkeeper Blogs

Sebastian in Rutgers Creek
Sebastian Pillitteri, Riverkeeper's Water Quality Associate, takes measurements in Rutgers Creek. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
In 2017, in response to community concerns about water quality in the Wallkill River, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began an intensive two-year watershed-scale study of the river and its tributaries. To help the DEC fill data gaps in eight tributaries, […] More
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Over its 52-year history, Riverkeeper has worked to protect both the Hudson Valley’s environment and its communities. We care about healthy rivers, safe drinking water and having vibrant places to live and great parklands to enjoy. In the case of Tillson Lake Dam, we support […] More
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NY/NJ Outer Harbor Barrier (Alternative 2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
You may not have heard, but you should: In response to Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering six different plans involving massive in-water storm surge barriers and/or land-based floodwalls, dunes and levees intended to “manage the risk of coastal storm damage” to New York Harbor and the Hudson Valley. More
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NY storm surge barriers: Fast-tracked Army Corps proposals threaten the future life of the Hudson. More
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Update (June 22, 2018): The State Senate passed A.11158 on June 21, 2018, and the bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk for signature, expected later this summer. Update (June 19, 2018): Legislation that would grant eminent domain authority to route an AirTrain from […] More
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Plastic pollution plagues the Hudson as it does the world over, and a new compilation of trash data from eight Riverkeeper Sweep locations gives a clearer picture of the problem. The results are indicative of a culture of single-use: plastic bags, straws, Styrofoam coffee cups […] More
In a critical vote to improve water quality, the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed the Drug Take Back Act today (unanimously), the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session. The Act now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. The Department […] More
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Today we passed Colonie Landfill during a patrol of the Mohawk River, and noticed more activity than we’ve seen in the past. Over the objections of Riverkeeper and the communities of Waterford and Halfmoon, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation granted approvals allowing […] More
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A visit last week from a Waterkeeper from Nepal gave us a chance to learn about the Karnali River – and to forge a new alliance based on a common goal. Megh Bahadur Ale came to visit the first Riverkeeper organization – Hudson Riverkeeper – […] More
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Water Quality Program Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper; Water Plant Administrator Randy Alstadt, Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility; Board Member Jessica Lopez, Town of Poughkeepsie, Board member Bill Carlos, Town of Poughkeepsie; Supervisor Paul Hansut, Town of Lloyd; Supervisor Shannon Harris, Town of Esopus;; Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia, Town of Rhinebeck; Supervisor Aileen Rohr, Town of Hyde Park; Mayor Gary Bassett, Town of Rhinebeck; Mayor Robert Rolison, City of Poughkeepsie; Supervisor John Jay Baisley, Town of Poughkeepsie; Councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor Emily Svenson, Town of Hyde Park.
The Hudson River just got a new and powerful protector. Seven communities have pledged to work together to protect and restore it by signing a first-of-its-kind agreement to form the Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council – “the Hudson 7.” More than 100,000 residents share […] More
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