Riverkeeper Blogs

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
Community Science Program intern Zac Brown
Have you wondered whether it’s safe to swim in Hudson Valley streams? Riverkeeper, our community scientists and our partners are helping to gather data in the Hudson River and its tributaries that can help you decide where and when to enjoy the water. More
Water quality data available to researchers
Photo: Gilles Uzan
Riverkeeper makes extensive water quality dataset available, opening the door for more students and researchers to explore questions about Enterococcus, sewage pollution, tributary ecology, and more. More
Map courtesy: Ulster County Department of the Environment
The Clean Water Act requires New York State to maintain a list of water bodies where certain uses – drinking, recreation, fishing, etc. – are “impaired” by pollution. For each impaired water body on the list, the state must eventually develop a plan to limit pollution. The list names hundreds of waterbody segments, many of which are located in the Hudson River Watershed, and it must be updated every two years. More
watershed agreement signing
Commemorating 25th anniversary of NYC Watershed Agreement, signed January 21, 1977 More
Riverkeeper staff enjoyed paddling in Constitution Marsh with Hudson River Expeditions in September.
Recreational use of the Hudson River and its tributaries is on the rise, and it’s essential that we continue to make investments to maintain and improve water quality to support people’s use of the water. More
As humans, we are drawn to water. We want to wade, splash and swim, especially during these dog days of summer. The Hudson is no exception, though Riverkeeper sometimes meets surprising resistance to the simple statement of fact that, yes, people swim in the Hudson River. Importantly, swimming doesn’t just take place at the river’s four public bathing beaches. More
As the climate warms, we’ll need beaches more than ever. Extreme rains will overwhelm sewers that can’t handle even routine storms today. If we don’t upgrade our sewers, we’ll find the water unfit for recreation just when we need it most. More
Yes, people swim in the Hudson River, and in great numbers. They also wade and splash at the water’s edge. They also wade and splash at the water’s edge. They paddle kayaks, sitting in an inch of river water. They glide along on stand up paddleboards, and sometimes, they fall in. More

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