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The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance held its annual “tire pull” on Saturday, July 14, and once again it was an enormous effort. I was lucky enough to join the Alliance for this year’s tire pull and joined a determined group of volunteers to wrestle, yank, […] More
Riverkeeper and our partners sampled more than 410 locations in the Hudson River Watershed in July. The data reinforced what Sewage Pollution Right to Know Alerts made plain: When it rains, sewage overflows in high volumes from multiple communities. In the week of July 22, […] More
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Assorted commentary by public officials, journalists and members of the public. “We welcome good, common-sense ideas to prevent massive flooding in our region. A 5-mile ‘sea barrier’ is not one of them.” – Editorial, The Record (N.J.) “The fact that those two alternatives exist [for […] More
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In partnership with Green Ossining and the Village of Ossining Department of Public Works, Riverkeeper is working with community volunteers to reduce the amount of street litter entering the Hudson River through Ossining’s stormwater system. The project involves stenciling storm drains in the Village of Ossining […] More
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Sebastian Pillitteri, Riverkeeper's Water Quality Associate, takes measurements in Rutgers Creek. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
In 2017, in response to community concerns about water quality in the Wallkill River, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began an intensive two-year watershed-scale study of the river and its tributaries. To help the DEC fill data gaps in eight tributaries, […] More
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Over its 52-year history, Riverkeeper has worked to protect both the Hudson Valley’s environment and its communities. We care about healthy rivers, safe drinking water and having vibrant places to live and great parklands to enjoy. In the case of Tillson Lake Dam, we support […] More
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NY/NJ Outer Harbor Barrier (Alternative 2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
You may not have heard, but you should: In response to Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering six different plans involving massive in-water storm surge barriers and/or land-based floodwalls, dunes and levees intended to “manage the risk of coastal storm damage” to New York Harbor and the Hudson Valley. More
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Update (June 22, 2018): The State Senate passed A.11158 on June 21, 2018, and the bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk for signature, expected later this summer. Update (June 19, 2018): Legislation that would grant eminent domain authority to route an AirTrain from […] More
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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

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