Blog articles by Riverkeeper staff and supporters

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By removing dams and rewilding streams, we're taking steps to restore critical habitat for imperiled migratory fish. More
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Two decades ago, Captain John Lipscomb first patrolled Newtown Creek, the tidal tributary that separates Brooklyn and Queens. He and his guests and crew found a large oil sheen that would later become the subject of a Riverkeeper lawsuit against ExxonMobil. More
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Photos courtesy of Interstate Sanitation Commission (left) and Nathaniel Johnston (right)
As the Clean Water Act turns 50, "fishable and swimmable’ remain elusive goals. Here are ways to fill the gaps and fully enforce the law. More
Draft plan spares the Hudson by ruling out giant barriers across the mouth of the river, and calls instead for 12 smaller storm gates across tributaries and extensive shoreline walls. This opens a new and critical phase of flood protection planning for the region. Riverkeeper […] More
Where do you swim, paddle or fish?
Help document the recreational use of saline waters around NYC and along the Hudson using a new interactive map. More
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Paddling and other recreation has resumed on the Wallkill River. Photo courtesy of Craig Chapman, New Paltz Kayaking Tours.
There have been no observations of harmful algae for several weeks, and with cooler temperatures and water levels rebounding from drought conditions, a recurrence this year is unlikely. More
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Hudson River Watershed communities need at least $2.1 billion to repair and upgrade wastewater infrastructure, according to a Riverkeeper analysis of New York State’s 2023 list of projects eligible for federal funding. Achieving the “swimmable” goal of the Clean Water Act, 50 years after its passage, hinges on ongoing and stepped-up investments in our wastewater infrastructure. More
Tree-clearing faulted at wind energy site
Tree-clearing on Beacon Island, along the Hudson River and Normans Kill, is among the missteps at proposed turbine manufacturing site. Let’s pursue wind energy without collateral damage to the local environment. As our society enters the necessary but challenging transition to clean energy to combat […] More
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Both last summer’s deluge and this year’s drought are examples of the climate extremes we need to prepare for, given the warming already baked in due to greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. More
Holtec International, the firm responsible for the decommissioning of Indian Point has filed for a number of exemptions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that would loosen existing oversight requirements. More

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