Riverkeeper Blogs

Plastic pollution plagues the Hudson as it does the world over, and a new compilation of trash data from eight Riverkeeper Sweep locations gives a clearer picture of the problem. The results are indicative of a culture of single-use: plastic bags, straws, Styrofoam coffee cups […] More
In a critical vote to improve water quality, the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed the Drug Take Back Act today (unanimously), the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session. The Act now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. The Department […] More
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
A visit last week from a Waterkeeper from Nepal gave us a chance to learn about the Karnali River – and to forge a new alliance based on a common goal. Megh Bahadur Ale came to visit the first Riverkeeper organization – Hudson Riverkeeper – […] More
Water Quality Program Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper; Water Plant Administrator Randy Alstadt, Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility; Board Member Jessica Lopez, Town of Poughkeepsie, Board member Bill Carlos, Town of Poughkeepsie; Supervisor Paul Hansut, Town of Lloyd; Supervisor Shannon Harris, Town of Esopus;; Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia, Town of Rhinebeck; Supervisor Aileen Rohr, Town of Hyde Park; Mayor Gary Bassett, Town of Rhinebeck; Mayor Robert Rolison, City of Poughkeepsie; Supervisor John Jay Baisley, Town of Poughkeepsie; Councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor Emily Svenson, Town of Hyde Park.
The Hudson River just got a new and powerful protector. Seven communities have pledged to work together to protect and restore it by signing a first-of-its-kind agreement to form the Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council – “the Hudson 7.” More than 100,000 residents share […] More
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By Allie Granger, Advocacy & Engagement Intern On June 6th, Riverkeeper joined forces with dozens of allied environmental and community organizations in Albany for the first New York State Bring Your Own Bag Act Advocacy Day. During our 7th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, participants cleaned up […] More
Once decommissioned, the Indian Point site should be cleaned up as quickly as possible More
Baby eels
Glass eels from the Bronx River, carried by bucket over a dam at 182nd Street in the Bronx. (Photo: George Jackman)
Earlier this month Riverkeeper took part in a fish sampling survey with students from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and found a surprisingly diverse aquatic community just below a dam on the Furnace Brook, one of two and the closest to the Hudson. […] More
This spring, with your help, we cleaned up tons of plastic pollution from the shorelines and collected thousands of signatures in support of an effective statewide plastic bag ban for New York. This week, we’re hand-delivering the message to Albany, in a bunch of reusable […] More
Despite Global victory, flow of crude remains a concern
The latest victory in protecting the Hudson River from crude oil risks proves yet again: Our voices make all the difference. Coordinated, sustained public pressure can win the day. But the fight against crude oil transport is not over yet. Global Companies announced on Tuesday […] More
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