Riverkeeper Blogs

Rondout Creek
The Rondout Creek, as seen in October 2017 outside Riverkeeper's office at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
There’s promising news out of Ulster County today, with County Executive Mike Hein’s proposal to expand testing of private wells and bring new focus to water quality issues throughout the county. In Ulster County, Riverkeeper has long advocated for protection and restoration of the Lower […] More
Photo: Mark Klotz, Creative Commons
Tell DEC to fight fracked gas pipeline approved by Trump commission. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) overruled the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of a Water Quality Certification for Millennium Pipeline Company’s Valley Lateral Pipeline Project. More
In a vote Monday night, Newburgh’s city council voted to authorize a project to eliminate the discharge of 2.3 million gallons of raw sewage and polluted street water every year, by eliminating one of the city’s combined sewer overflows (CSO). Riverkeeper had urged the council […] More
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
Photo: Jen Benson / Riverkeeper
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to significantly reduce federal Clean Water Act protections for all but the largest rivers and lakes. The public has only until Wednesday, September 27, to comment on the Trump Administration’s attack on the definition of “Waters of the United States.” Make your voice heard! More
The Newburgh City Council recently balked at spending $3.6 million, covered entirely by state and federal grants and loans, to reduce sewage overflows into the Hudson River. The project, to separate storm and sanitary sewers in a section of the city, would completely eliminate overflows […] More
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
Our thanks to everyone who pitched in at Randall’s Island to do their part locally for International Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s not every day that you can join 12 million people working simultaneously on the same project, to stop more trash from entering the ocean. […] More
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
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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