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Tell EPA: Protect People and Wildlife, Not GE

The EPA just punted on its five-year review of the Hudson River PCB remediation, and let GE — which dumped well over a million pounds of this toxic chemical into our river — off the hook for finishing the cleanup. The agency concluded that the cleanup “will be protective of human health and the environment,” even though two to three times as many PCBs remain in the river than expected. Let’s be clear: toxic PCBs continue to threaten people and wildlife. EPA and GE must do more.

EPA is hosting public meetings to explain their decision and hear from the public. Let’s show EPA that the public’s support for a healthy Hudson River cannot be ignored!

We need your voice! Wear green to show your support for additional action on PCBs!

6-8 p.m., June 28, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


6-8 p.m., July 19, The Saratoga Hilton Saratoga Ballroom – Room 1 534 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


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Don’t let the Hudson become an oil barge parking lot

anchoragesThe U.S. Coast Guard has collected public comments on an industry proposal to establish a large number of new anchorages for commercial vessels in the Hudson River — 43 berths in 10 locations from Yonkers to Kingston, comprising more than 2,400 acres. Read about the unprecedented public outcry during the now closed comment period.  Join the fight against this proposal.

Tell Your State Senator: Protect the Hudson from Oil Barges
Take Action: A bill (S.5197a/A.6825a) has been introduced in the New York State Senate and Assembly that would allow the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner to better protect areas of the river that are important habitat for wildlife, as well as areas that are near waterfront communities.

Call your NYS Senator and urge them to co-sponsor and help pass S.5197a, which would increase the state’s role in regulating the movement of dangerous oil barges on the Hudson.


Tell Congress: Support the Hudson River Protection Act

The Hudson River Protection Act (H.R. 1504), introduced into the House of Representatives, “amends the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1915 to prohibit the establishment of areas located within five miles of a nuclear power plant, a location on the national register of historic places, a superfund site, or critical habitat of an endangered species as anchorage grounds in U.S. navigable waters for vessels carrying hazardous or flammable material as cargo.”

Contact your member of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 1504, The Hudson River Protection Act.


Support legislation that gives towns a voice in pipeline approvals

Call your state legislators and ask them to support A.2446 (Skartados) S.5139 (Amedore), a bill to remedy an unwarranted omission in a 100-year-old law governing oil pipeline construction and empower thousands of New Yorkers who live in towns to decide how best to protect their communities through the democratic process currently afforded to cities and villages.


Tell Congress: NY Needs a Robust, Fully Funded EPA

seagulls at Croton Landing, National Archives, EPA

President Trump’s attempt to dismantle the EPA is a disaster in the making for New York’s water. We know what New York looks like without an EPA, and we refuse to go backward. Stand up for science and clean water. Urge your member of Congress to fight for New York values by rejecting Trump’s proposed 31% budget cut and 3,200 staff cuts to the EPA.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and press 1 for your senators or press 2 for your house representative.

Here’s is a short script and talking points to highlight EPAs critical clean water work in New York.

“Hi my name is _______ and I am calling to ask [Congress member _____ ] to stand up for New York values and protect the EPA from President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. The President’s EPA budget and staff proposal would threaten decades of hard-won progress for New York on clean water. I implore [Congress member _____ ] to reject this proposal and vote no on this dirty water budget.”

Tell your representative to vote down these reckless cuts. Read our coalition letter to the NY federal delegation.


Help protect our waters from industrial animal farm pollution

CAFOPlease add your voice to the petition in support of this lawsuit which seeks to ensure that industrial animal farm permit applications contain important pollution prevention safeguards and are reviewed and enforceable by Department of Environmental Conservation and by the public. Help us fight for basic regulations to keep disease-causing animal sewage out of our waters.


Report Dead Sturgeon

dead-sturgeon-200Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon are protected by the Endangered Species Act, and New York has committed to limiting impacts on these fish throughout the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge project. Riverkeeper is carefully monitoring the process, and we’ve retained the right to enforce the permit requirements designed to protect sturgeon if sturgeon are being harmed. Be watchful when visiting the river, and make timely and thorough reports if you observe a dead sturgeon. Report Your Observations.

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