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11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep is Saturday, May 7

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On Saturday, May 7, more than 2,000 volunteers will come together across hundreds of miles of shoreline in New York City and the Hudson Valley for the 11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.

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Riverkeeper calls on NYS to protect Hudson & Mohawk rivers from Erie Canal invasive species

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Today, the Department of Environmental Conservation and Canal Corporation responded to public calls to address the risk of invasive species traveling into new waters via New York State canals. The proposal doesn’t directly address the need to block invasive species from entering the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers via the Erie Canal. Scientists have called for such a measure for nearly a decade, and the Reimagine The Canals initiative has identified strategies that can and must be implemented. The following is a statement by Dan Shapley, co-director of Riverkeeper’s Science and […]

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NYS to NYC: Find alternatives to dumping muddy Ashokan Reservoir water into the Esopus Creek

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Riverkeeper applauds the state’s decision to require further analysis of alternative actions, as well as impacts to the Hudson River drinking water supply, and the effects of climate change on the management of the city’s water supply. Decision follows public demands to “stop the mud” in Lower Esopus Creek. The State announced today that New York City must expand its study of alternatives to dumping muddy water into the Esopus Creek from its Ashokan Reservoir. The city must also further scrutinize how climate change will affect the proposed reservoir operations, […]

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Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State – Riverkeeper statement

Statement of Jeremy Cherson, Riverkeeper Senior Manager of Government Affairs, on Governor Kathy Hochul’s 2022 State of the State: “Riverkeeper is happy to hear the Governor’s strong commitment to prioritizing a clean and healthy environment for New Yorkers and providing national leadership on climate change. “We are pleased to see Governor Hochul’s proposal to increase the environmental bond act to $4 billion, which will provide critical resources for restoring the Hudson River and making New York more resilient to the growing effects of climate change. Additionally, Riverkeeper is thrilled to […]

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Advocates hail agreement to protect New York’s water from toxic “forever chemicals”

New law will establish the most comprehensive drinking water testing and notification program for PFAS in the country.

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Danskammer stopped: Coalition applauds permit denial for fracked gas plant

Governor Hochul’s Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) denied the Danskammer fracked gas power plant required permits, shutting down the proposed project.

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DEC denies permits for Danskammer and Astoria fracked gas plants – Riverkeeper statement

The DEC denied permits for two proposed fracked gas power plants – Danskammer Energy Center and Astoria Gas Turbine Power – on the basis that those facilities would be inconsistent with the state's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019.

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Ditmars Blvd. Block Association, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Riverkeeper react to Port Authority’s commitment to review AirTrain alternatives

For immediate release: October 13, 2021 Contact: Leah Rae, [email protected], (914) 715-6821 Ditmars Blvd. Block Association, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Riverkeeper today issued the following statement regarding Port Authority’s announcement that it would pause action on the AirTrain project at Governor Hochul’s request and conduct a “thorough review of mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport.” Represented by Pace Environmental Law Clinic, the three groups filed a petition in federal court on Sept. 20 alleging the decision to greenlight the AirTrain project along Flushing Bay was based on an unlawfully […]

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Riverkeeper welcomes Tracy Brown as next President and Hudson Riverkeeper, first woman to lead the organization

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Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors selects an influential advocate and Riverkeeper alum who brings a track record of success and an enduring passion for clean water, the Hudson, and the challenges of climate justice in the Hudson watershed.

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NYS announces renewable energy incentives for projects that would damage the Hudson: A shameful use of public money

New York Governor Kathy Hochul today announced two energy infrastructure projects to power New York City: the Clean Path NY (CPNY) project, developed by Forward Power (a joint venture of Invenergy and EnergyRe) and the New York Power Authority, and Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) project, developed by Transmission Developers, Inc. (backed by Blackstone) and Hydro-Québec. The projects were selected for contract negotiation as part of the New York State Energy Research Development and Authority’s (NYSERDA) Tier 4 renewable energy solicitation. Once finalized, NYSERDA will submit the negotiated contracts for […]

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