Riverkeeper Blogs

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Hudson River Watershed communities need at least $3.1 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
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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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Riverkeeper and partner environmental organizations submitted to the Mayor Adams’ Administration twelve recommendations for improving New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program. Pushing the city to redouble its efforts to develop more soil and vegetated stormwater controls is a proactive effort that will help combat the devastating impact that climate change will have on New York City. More
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A Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) has overtaken parts of the Wallkill River and Rondout Creek, putting recreational users at potential risk from toxins produced by the algae. The Wallkill and Rondout combine to form the largest tributary to the tidal portion of the Hudson River. More
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Water Justice Fellows Shansanique at Otter Creek
During the second week of our Source to Estuary summer camp, we were ankle deep in Otter Creek, a tributary of the Tomhannock Reservoir, searching for the aquatic bugs that call this place home. More
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Since 2015, Riverkeeper, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly and Union College have collaborated on a water quality monitoring project in the Mohawk River watershed. Our latest data, from July 10, is now available at riverkeeper.org. More
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The salt front is defined by a specific level of salinity, and its location in the estuary changes throughout the year and with various weather patterns. 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
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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

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