Riverkeeper Blogs

In response to a lawsuit by Riverkeeper and our partners and following 20 years of delay, New York State has proposed the first of two new rules that are meant to update Water Quality Standards for waters around New York City. More
Two-year study will shed light on certain important risks, including algal blooms, but won’t measure bacteria to indicate where water is safe for swimming. More
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Full green infrastructure development will be delayed by at least a decade, but implementation of Riverkeeper recommendations will strengthen New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program moving forward. More
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Letter asks EPA to set public information meetings and create a Community Advisory Group, in anticipation of PCB contamination study in lower river south of Troy. More
City seizes critical opportunity to invest in sewer infrastructure – an example for others to follow. On Thursday, January 12, Riverkeeper joined the City of Newburgh staff and city council members, New York State Assembly Member Jonathan Jacobson, state Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director […] More
New York State residents documented more than 280,000 distinct uses of New York City’s coastal waters, including kayaking, dragon boating, swimming, and more, as part of a call for stronger water quality standards. More
Riverkeeper and its partners deliver message to Department of Health in support of stronger drinking water protections Members of the public spoke up this month to urge New York State to protect drinking water through stronger, science-based limits on toxic PFAS chemicals. We would like […] More
Thank you for helping push for higher quality water standards in NYC waters
Help document the recreational use of saline waters around NYC and along the Hudson using a new interactive map. More
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Hudson River Watershed communities need at least $2.1 billion to repair and upgrade wastewater infrastructure, according to a Riverkeeper analysis of New York State’s 2023 list of projects eligible for federal funding. Achieving the “swimmable” goal of the Clean Water Act, 50 years after its passage, hinges on ongoing and stepped-up investments in our wastewater infrastructure. More
Both last summer’s deluge and this year’s drought are examples of the climate extremes we need to prepare for, given the warming already baked in due to greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. More

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