Riverkeeper Blogs

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
Flushing Bay Murk
Flushing Bay August 9, 2017. (Photo by Capt. John Lipscomb / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper captured stark evidence of the environmental toll of combined sewage overflows from New York City Tuesday morning, as Capt. John Lipscomb sampled water quality in the East River and its tributaries with CUNY Queens College. 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
Cornell Professors Michael Van Amburgh and Karl Czymmek published a blog attempting to dispute one of the figures referenced in the recent lawsuit brought on behalf of Riverkeeper and others by Earthjustice. In the suit, we challenge the weak, unenforceable and secretive permit that regulates the largest dairies in the state. More
Hundreds turn out to shape new ideas for remediation, restoration, recreation, and resiliency improvements to two key waterways. This summer is shaping up to be quite historic in two corners of New York City – Newtown Creek and the Flushing Waterways – as Riverkeeper kicks […] More
On July 18, a fast-moving intense summer thunderstorm whipped through the region, resulting in a short burst of rain - and a flood of raw sewage into the water.Here's what it looked like in Kingston: 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
A failure by Albany and Troy to utilize the NY-Alert system to notify the public about combined sewer overflows July 4 weekend has prompted a flurry of news reports, including some featuring Riverkeeper. Riverkeeper lobbied for the creation of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know […] More
With an amazing 10 years under its belt, SWIM Coalition is looking ahead to the next decade of stormwater advocacy. If you haven’t met the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters Coalition – or “SWIM” Coalition – yet, head on over to www.swimmableNYC.org and say congrats! SWIM turned […] More
Storm Drain Stenciling GCC
Volunteers with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy with a stenciled storm drain in Brooklyn. (Photo credit: Gowanus Canal Conservancy, 2017)
To reduce the amount of trash and other undesirable material entering our waterways, Riverkeeper is working with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Newtown Creek Alliance, SWIM Coalition, and New York City Soil and Water Conservation District to stencil storm drains around Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal. More
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