Riverkeeper Blogs

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
“We fight dirty.” That’s the rallying cry of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance – and they mean it!   Volunteers with the Alliance removed more than 90 tires from a stretch of the Wallkill near the City of Middletown on August 20. The “Tire Pull” […] More
As Capt. John Lipscomb patrolled the Upper Hudson this week, he met with a group of children who have been taking part in a Riverkeeper Club organized by Schuylerville Public Library and Hudson Crossing Park, two of Riverkeeper’s partners on water quality monitoring in the […] More
The State Department of Health is now accepting public comments on the draft Filtration Avoidance Determination (or FAD) for New York City’s water supply. More
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
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