Riverkeeper Blogs

Riverkeeper filed comments this week on a proposed shoreline project associated with the BASF remediation site on the Hudson River in City of Rensselaer. Our goal is to ensure that alternatives to sheet pile are considered for stabilizing the shoreline. Sheet pile is a straight, […] More
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Early Wednesday morning there was dense fog westbound for Rome. Then suddenly bright sun near the Utica bridges. Blocked at Lock 20, last lock, because of electrical problems. Thankful that I didn’t get west of the lock before it broke down. Turned back east, and […] More
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When I tell people I’ve been running on the Hudson for 17 years, they sometimes say, Don’t you get tired of seeing the same thing? You’ve sailed around the world, don’t you get tired of being in the same place? This is what I saw […] More
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Ph.D. student Ye Li collects samples in New York Harbor July 6 in a study of microplastic pollution. (Leah Rae / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper is proud to assist new research into microplastic pollution – where it is, where it goes, and how toxic it is – in the waters around New York City. Scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are conducting a pilot study and testing their […] More
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Nice when a problem gets solved on the spot. We found a red metal 55-gallon drum floating near a scrap yard during our water sampling patrol on the Bronx River earlier this month, Aug. 9. One of the yard guys yelled over that if we […] More
On July 21, Riverkeeper sent a letter requesting to participate in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA). The PAWSA process is, as the name states, a risk assessment of current conditions on the Hudson River. Our letter to the […] More
The U.S. Coast Guard announced June 28, 2017, that it would conduct a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment for the Hudson River. What is PAWSA? • A Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) is a disciplined technical review conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard to […] 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
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Trump’s proposed cuts to the budgets of science-based environmental agencies threaten to stall 50 years of progress restoring the Hudson River. To make room for steep increases in military spending, steep cuts are proposed to so-called “discretionary” spending, including the budgets and staff of the […] More
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