Riverkeeper Blogs

On July 18, a fast-moving intense summer thunderstorm whipped through the region, resulting in a short burst of rain - and a flood of raw sewage into the water. Here's what it looked like in Kingston: More
A failure by Albany and Troy to utilize the NY-Alert system to notify the public about combined sewer overflows July 4 weekend has prompted a flurry of news reports, including some featuring Riverkeeper. Riverkeeper lobbied for the creation of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know […] More
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With an amazing 10 years under its belt, SWIM Coalition is looking ahead to the next decade of stormwater advocacy. If you haven’t met the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters Coalition – or “SWIM” Coalition – yet, head on over to www.swimmableNYC.org and say congrats! SWIM turned […] More
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This is a guest post by Archie Morris of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance. A sewage treatment plant in the Town of Montgomery is under scrutiny after reports of a caustic-smelling discharge by the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance. On May 28, paddlers taking part in […] More
The New York State Senate approved the Clean Water Bond Act of 2018, which at $5 billion, would be the state’s largest-ever bond measure. The Clean Water Bond Act would provide $5 billion “for the single purpose of preserving, enhancing, restoring and improving the quality […] More
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Swimmers taking part in the 2 Bridges Under the Walkway open water swim event on June 3, 2017. (Photo by Capri Djatiasmoro)
The Hudson River open water swim season kicked off June 3 with the 2 Bridges Under the Walkway Swim in Poughkeepsie. June 14 is a seasonal milestone, with the first day of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, the longest open water swim event in […] More
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The Esopus Creek (Photo by Sean Monahan via Twitter)
Riverkeeper’s water quality monitoring projects of the Saw Mill River, Catskill Creek and Esopus Creek kicked off the 2017 season Thursday, with community scientists gathering samples from 50 locations. Samples from the Esopus and Catskill creeks are processed in our Riverport Lab in Kingston at the […] More
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Riverkeeper launched our East River sampling program today, building on a pilot project in 2016 in collaboration with CUNY Queens College. We’re measuring Enterococcus, a fecal indicator bacteria, as well as dissolved oxygen and other physical and chemical data. Angel Montero of CUNY Queens College assists Riverkeeper […] More
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Jason Ratchford with Capt. John Lipscomb. (Photo courtesy SUNY Cobleskill)
We pause briefly, the week before our 2017 water quality sampling season begins, to acknowledge, thank and welcome some of the people who have contributed to our project’s success of late. We are fortunate to work with many partners, including dozens of individual community scientists […] More
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Lower Esopus Creek as it enters the Hudson, Google Maps, 2011
The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued the final scope of review for the study that will examine the impacts of New York City’s high-volume, muddy discharges from the Ashokan Reservoir to the Lower Esopus Creek. More

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