Riverkeeper Blogs

First Riverkeeper Newtown Creek patrol - 10_25_2002 -pg3-1000
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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Riverkeeper's staff has never seen a smoke plume of this kind at the plant, or a condition in the water like the bubbling seen in the video. More
Hudson River patrols begin again
Riverkeeper's Hudson River patrols are starting out differently this year, but our work on the water remains the same. More
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The amount of plastic pollution in our environment is absurd. We’re learning more about just how much plastic circulates in the water, how much is being ingested by marine life, and what the effects are. Earth Week is a good time to establish new habits. […] More
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Photo: John Lipscomb / Riverkeeper
‘East anchor span” to be dropped onto network of chains on riverbed; timing precedes fish spring migrations. Riverkeeper is watching carefully as plans move forward for demolition of the ‘east anchor span,’ one of the remaining sections of the old Tappan Zee Bridge. [UPDATE, January […] 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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Our patrol boat’s stern frame or “gantry” was built over the 2006/07 winter. We received a grant from the Hudson River Improvement Fund and had great help with design, fabrication and assembly from good friends Jay Ardai, Gary Amann and Hugo Van Der Heide. We […] More
New York State will accept comments through May 1 on a plan by Amtrak to install fences and gates along the railroad right-of-way in Dutchess and Columbia counties – restricting access to the Hudson River. Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson share the concerns being raised in […] More
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Protecting our endangered Hudson River Atlantic Sturgeon population means fighting threats to their habitat all along the East Coast – and one of our recent efforts has ended in succes More
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The patrol boat goes back in the water. Photo: SBell
1. The Riverkeeper patrol boat was built in 1983 in Bivalve, N.J., to work commercial shellfish beds in Delaware Bay. 2. It’s built of cedar planking on oak frames. 3. Riverkeeper bought the boat in 1990 and it was refurbished and relaunched as the “R. […] More

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