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Don’t let the Trump EPA gut the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to significantly reduce federal Clean Water Act protections for all but the largest rivers and lakes. The public has only until Wednesday, September 27, to comment on the Trump Administration’s attack on the definition of “Waters of the United States.” Make your voice heard!
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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.

UPDATE: Riverkeeper statements regarding Coast Guard announcement that it will suspend future rulemaking decisions on the Hudson River anchorages proposal

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.

UPDATE: This legislation did not come to a vote in the Senate during the 2017 legislative session. Help us build political will and get it passed when the legislature returns in 2018!


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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