Riverkeeper Blogs

It’s been a year since the City of Newburgh declared a state of emergency in response to PFOS contamination in Lake Washington, the primary source of drinking water for the City’s 29,000 residents. Progress has been made on some fronts, thanks to the tireless efforts of the people of Newburgh, community organizers, clean water advocates, agency staff, and elected officials. More
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Thanks to an historic New York State commitment to clean water, hundreds of millions of dollars will flow to improve water quality and protect drinking water – starting now. The first rounds of funding available from the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act will soon […] More
SIA outfall
Dan Shapley, Water Quality Program Director, observes an orange-colored discharge from a stormwater outfall near the Stewart International Airport in Town of New Windsor. (Photo by Leah Rae / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper's work in Newburgh since the city's primary drinking water reservoir, Washington Lake, was found to be contaminated with toxic PFOS has drawn much attention. But our work doesn't stop there. Our work in the area in recent years started with collaborative monitoring project with the Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance, and we continue to act as a watchdog for water quality in the watershed serving the city's reservoirs. More
april2017samplemap
Riverkeeper has updated our website with data from a special April patrol of the Hudson River Estuary. The patrol was timed to capture the impact of wet weather, to support partner research into pharmaceuticals and other wastewater impacts. We saw the results in the data, […] More
NY enacts "gold standard" clean water protections
Last week, New York’s leaders did more to protect the Empire State’s rivers and drinking water than at any other time since the modern environmental movement began more than a half a century ago. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have […] More
First sample of 2017 season
Carol Knudson of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory grabs the first sample of the 2017 season from the Riverkeeper patrol boat on April 4, 2017. (Photo by John Lipscomb / Riverkeeper)
Riverkeeper will gather water samples from New York Harbor to the Capital District this week, with a special early patrol timed to gather water samples after rain. More
Monhegan Brook sewage overflow
Sewage overflows, such as this suspected overflow in the Monhegan Brook, a Wallkill River tributary in Middletown, are common in the Hudson River Watershed during rain. (Photo by Dan Shapley / Riverkeeper)
When it rains, it pours sewage. If lawmakers finalizing the budget need any more reasons to go big on new investments in water infrastructure, the recent rains provided them. Below is a quick accounting of sewage overflows reported by communities in the Hudson River Watershed since […] More
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders are in the final stages of negotiating the next New York State budget, with potentially historic levels of new funding for clean water projects. Riverkeeper has been advocating for several measures. Here’s what we will be watching […] More
YOU CAN HELP US prevent water pollution and protect the rivers and streams we rely on for drinking water by taking immediate action. More
Riverkeeper’s priorities for water infrastructure and source water protection are being championed at the highest levels, as New York State leaders consider as much as $7 billion in new investments in clean water – a level of state investment not seen for more than a […] More

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