Riverkeeper Blogs

Plastic pollution during combined sewer overflows in the Harlem River in July 2018.
Riverkeeper and our partners sampled more than 410 locations in the Hudson River Watershed in August. Where we observed rain prior to sampling this month, the data show its uneven impact. More
The highest source of the Hudson River sits 1,000 feet below the summit of Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York State located in the Adirondack Mountains. A year ago, two of us here at Riverkeeper decided to go see it. More
Two years ago this summer, Riverkeeper responded to the revelation of toxic PFAS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s primary reservoir by calling for a comprehensive plan for protecting the drinking water at its source. Two years on, despite some important planning at both the […] More
Swimmers in NYC - not at a public beach. (Photo courtesy Paul Bastin)
On Monday, the New York Times Editorial Board used its megaphone to promote the idea of opening A beach for Manhattan. Riverkeeper assisted the Times in its research by interpreting some of our key data from 10-plus years of monitoring water quality in the Hudson […] More
Riverkeeper and our partners sampled more than 410 locations in the Hudson River Watershed in July. The data reinforced what Sewage Pollution Right to Know Alerts made plain: When it rains, sewage overflows in high volumes from multiple communities. In the week of July 22, […] More
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
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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