Riverkeeper Blogs

Sebastian in Rutgers Creek
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
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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Water Quality Program Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper; Water Plant Administrator Randy Alstadt, Poughkeepsies’ Water Treatment Facility; Board Member Jessica Lopez, Town of Poughkeepsie, Board member Bill Carlos, Town of Poughkeepsie; Supervisor Paul Hansut, Town of Lloyd; Supervisor Shannon Harris, Town of Esopus;; Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia, Town of Rhinebeck; Supervisor Aileen Rohr, Town of Hyde Park; Mayor Gary Bassett, Town of Rhinebeck; Mayor Robert Rolison, City of Poughkeepsie; Supervisor John Jay Baisley, Town of Poughkeepsie; Councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor Emily Svenson, Town of Hyde Park.
The Hudson River just got a new and powerful protector. Seven communities have pledged to work together to protect and restore it by signing a first-of-its-kind agreement to form the Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council – “the Hudson 7.” More than 100,000 residents share […] More
The trend in Hudson River water quality at Newburgh’s public boat launch is improving, thanks to the city’s actions to find and eliminate sources of raw sewage that had been reaching the Hudson – and the routine water quality monitoring that both identified the problem […] More
On April 6, 2018, nearly two years after the City of Newburgh’s drinking water crisis came to public attention, the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard awarded a $82,355 contract for a carbon filtration system to remove PFOS from its wastewater. […] More
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As we get ready to clear another 25 tons or so of trash from the shorelines in the May 5 Riverkeeper Sweep, we're continuing to support year-round efforts to reduce plastic use. More
Hudson River gets a boost in NYS budget
New York State leaders have finalized the next state budget. Here are some of the highlights. Thank you to all Riverkeeper members, supporters and partners who helped us advocate for these important priorities: Clean Water Infrastructure Act Riverkeeper thanks Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for maintaining […] More
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At the annual Rondout Creek Watershed Summit, which Riverkeeper convened in collaboration with local partners, we presented some initial analysis of wastewater infrastructure needs in the watershed. Riverkeeper is working on a water quality and infrastructure report for the Rondout-Wallkill watershed, the largest tributary to […] More
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What uses of the Rondout Creek are most important to you? What issues facing the Rondout Creek matter most to you? Those are the questions that Riverkeeper, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Hudson River Watershed Alliance asked of community scientists, conservation board members, farmers, […] More
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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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