Riverkeeper Blogs

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New research supported by Riverkeeper highlights the large numbers of pharmaceuticals found in the Hudson River, and identifies the wastewater treatment plants that process our sewage as the most important sources. At least 90 municipal wastewater treatment plants discharge to the Hudson River or its […] More
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In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent yesterday, waterkeepers across New York State requested increases to staffing in the Department of Environmental Conservation. Riverkeeper and seven fellow waterkeepers called for Gov. Cuomo to build on his legacy of leadership on clean water issues, exemplified […] More
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A sample of water from the Wallkill River taken in 2016, during a Harmful Algal Bloom. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program recently wrapped up an intensive sampling of part of the Wallkill River for key indicators related to Harmful Algal Blooms. The good news: Unlike in 2015 and 2016, there was no Harmful Algal Bloom documented in 2017. The better news: We […] More
UPDATED 10/10/2017 with Mohawk River projects Communities seeking to invest in projects to improve water quality in the Hudson River and its tributaries will get a boost from the first round of grants announced since New York State’s historic $2.5 billion investment in clean water. […] More
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The Rondout Creek, as seen in October 2017 outside Riverkeeper's office at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
There’s promising news out of Ulster County today, with County Executive Mike Hein’s proposal to expand testing of private wells and bring new focus to water quality issues throughout the county. In Ulster County, Riverkeeper has long advocated for protection and restoration of the Lower […] More
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In a vote Monday night, Newburgh’s city council voted to authorize a project to eliminate the discharge of 2.3 million gallons of raw sewage and polluted street water every year, by eliminating one of the city’s combined sewer overflows (CSO). Riverkeeper had urged the council […] More
The Newburgh City Council recently balked at spending $3.6 million, covered entirely by state and federal grants and loans, to reduce sewage overflows into the Hudson River. The project, to separate storm and sanitary sewers in a section of the city, would completely eliminate overflows […] More
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“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
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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
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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
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