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Monthly Telebriefings: New Resource for Riverkeeper Activists


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It’s a busy time at Riverkeeper as the deadline to submit comments on draft fracking regulations draws near and the public comment period for the proposed cleanup of the Gowanus Canal is underway. Nine out of fourteen legal issues in the Indian Point relicensing hearings have been heard and planning for our annual service event, the Riverkeeper Sweep, happening on May 11, is moving full speed ahead, with 30 communities already signed on. With so many efforts underway at once, we have devised a plan to keep you abreast of the latest happenings – and how YOU can make an impact.

In December, Riverkeeper organized its first “activist telebriefing” on fracking to empower our volunteers to make their voices—and their communities’ voices—heard on this vitally important issue. The briefing drew 40 advocates from throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City to hear the latest updates from Riverkeeper Staff Attorney, Mike Dulong, as well as Riverkeeper’s call to action.

Drawing on the positive feedback we heard from our volunteers, we will be hosting telebriefings regularly on different issues that Riverkeeper is working on. This month’s briefing will be on the EPA’s recently released proposed plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal. We hope you will join our growing network of clean water advocates! To become involved with our volunteer program, please fill out our brief survey.

To accommodate varying schedules, the Gowanus Canal telebriefing will be offered during the afternoon of January 15 and the evening of January 16.