Riverkeeper Blogs

april2017samplemap
Riverkeeper has updated our website with data from a special April patrol of the Hudson River Estuary. The patrol was timed to capture the impact of wet weather, to support partner research into pharmaceuticals and other wastewater impacts. We saw the results in the data, […] More
NY enacts "gold standard" clean water protections
Last week, New York’s leaders did more to protect the Empire State’s rivers and drinking water than at any other time since the modern environmental movement began more than a half a century ago. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have […] More
First sample of 2017 season
Carol Knudson of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory grabs the first sample of the 2017 season from the Riverkeeper patrol boat on April 4, 2017. (Photo by John Lipscomb / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper will gather water samples from New York Harbor to the Capital District this week, with a special early patrol timed to gather water samples after rain. More
Monhegan Brook sewage overflow
Sewage overflows, such as this suspected overflow in the Monhegan Brook, a Wallkill River tributary in Middletown, are common in the Hudson River Watershed during rain. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
When it rains, it pours sewage. If lawmakers finalizing the budget need any more reasons to go big on new investments in water infrastructure, the recent rains provided them. Below is a quick accounting of sewage overflows reported by communities in the Hudson River Watershed since […] More
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders are in the final stages of negotiating the next New York State budget, with potentially historic levels of new funding for clean water projects. Riverkeeper has been advocating for several measures. Here’s what we will be watching […] More
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Riverkeeper’s priorities for water infrastructure and source water protection are being championed at the highest levels, as New York State leaders consider as much as $7 billion in new investments in clean water – a level of state investment not seen for more than a […] More
Sparkill Creek Comparison Chart
Geometric mean of all samples taken per tributary. Geometric mean is a weighted average. The average contamination levels in the creek far exceed EPA safe swimming criteria. Data includes 2016 results, which are still undergoing quality assurance, so these results are preliminary.
Riverkeeper’s tributary community science program started with the Sparkill Creek, and a little girl who smelled something awful at the creek’s edge and told her teacher, “What are the adults going to do about this?” The teacher was Laurie Seeman, of Strawtown Studio, and with […] More
While we don't know what killed the minke whale found dead today near LaGuardia Airport, we know water quality in Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek can be deadly to wildlife. More
In one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State addresses today, he proposed a $2 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act to pay for many of the priorities Riverkeeper has been advocating for, including upgrading and modernizing wastewater treatment, and protecting drinking water at its source. More
2017 Fishermen's Ball
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