Blog articles by Riverkeeper staff and supporters

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Born and raised in Newburgh, I am personally familiar with the range of pollution threats that plague the Hudson Valley. I am especially knowledgeable about perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), a “forever chemical,” to which I was exposed while growing up drinking tainted water and now […] More
New York State’s climate law is just starting to take effect, and you can help determine how it plays out, how the goals are met, and how our waters and our communities are treated in the process. UPDATE: Read Riverkeeper’s public comments on the Draft […] More
Swim season on the Hudson
In the 50th anniversary year of the Clean Water Act, it’s important to celebrate the successes that have allowed people to experience the joy of open water swimming. The open water swim season kicked into high gear this month, with the marathon 20 Bridges Swim […] More
The river – a wild stretch between Albany and Kingston – is itself the park. Riverkeeper toured the area by water with the NYS Parks Commissioner & guests. More
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New York’s legislative session in Albany wrapped up for the year on June 4. Lawmakers passed many important bills and funding items but also failed to tackle some important legislation we are advocating for with our partners. More
Riverkeeper is monitoring two legal challenges by the owners of the Danskammer facility in Newburgh, in an attempt to revive a plan to build a fracked gas power plant on the site. The project was halted last year following widespread community opposition. More
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Sweep at Newtown Creek, NYC
Despite the cold temperatures and pouring rain in some locales, more than 1,100 volunteers participated in the Hudson River’s largest annual shoreline cleanup on Saturday, May 7, 2022. More
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Photo: Walter Garschagan
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which set national goals of achieving “fishable, swimmable and drinkable” water for our rivers and lakes. Riverkeeper has assessed our progress toward meeting the “swimmable” goal by measuring water quality in the Hudson and its tributaries. More
Community Science Program intern Zac Brown
Have you wondered whether it’s safe to swim in Hudson Valley streams? Riverkeeper, our community scientists and our partners are helping to gather data in the Hudson River and its tributaries that can help you decide where and when to enjoy the water. More
Water quality data available to researchers
Photo: Gilles Uzan
Riverkeeper makes extensive water quality dataset available, opening the door for more students and researchers to explore questions about Enterococcus, sewage pollution, tributary ecology, and more. More

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