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River groups offer navigation safety measures for Hudson, cite risks from barge anchorages proposed by industry

Hudson River Valley, N.Y. – After taking part in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Hudson River Ports and Waterway Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshops, Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper praised the Coast Guard for holding the meetings and reiterated their continued opposition to any official designation of new anchorages – a request by industry that remains under consideration. During a series of November workshops in Poughkeepsie and Albany, Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper presented data showing that new anchorages are not needed and highlighted alternative strategies that could make the Hudson River safer for […]

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Riverkeeper Report: Hudson River Watershed needs $4.8 billion clean water investment

New analysis of 8,200 water samples finds 21% of Hudson River Estuary samples fail to meet safe swimming guidelines Despite progress improving water quality, combined sewer overflows, aging infrastructure, and some tributaries remain pollution sources Riverkeeper joined a delegation to Washington, D.C., to urge doubling of federal investment in water infrastructure nationwide, to $4.6 billion Ossining, N.Y. – In a new report, Riverkeeper has released a fresh analysis of water quality data, showing that 21 percent of Hudson River Estuary samples failed to meet federal safe-swimming guidelines. To improve water […]

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Riverkeeper hires Jessica Roff to lead advocacy & engagement efforts

Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, announced today that Jessica Roff has joined the organization in the newly created Director of Advocacy and Engagement role. Roff comes with a wealth of experience as a community organizer and environmental activist.

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Five new directors elected to Riverkeeper Board

Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, has elected five new Directors to its board: Christine Churchill, Karenna Gore, Alexandra Herzan, Timon Malloy and Judith Mogul.

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Riverkeeper joins communities opposing Colonie landfill expansion on Mohawk River

Waterford, N.Y. – The environmental watchdog group Riverkeeper has joined with the communities of Waterford and Halfmoon in an effort to collect water samples near the Colonie Town Landfill located on the shores of the Mohawk River. The project will help the communities gather data and information as the state considers a proposal for a landfill expansion that will likely have significant impacts to the Mohawk River and the ecosystem. A proposed landfill expansion – subject to approval by the state Department of Environmental Conservation – could triple the size […]

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Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson will participate in Ports & Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA)

Series of November workshops convene experts to evaluate navigation risks, with attention to ‘environmental, public safety and economic factors’ Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson will be among the participants in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) – involving a series of workshops in November that are designed to gather input into waterway navigation and safety. Riverkeeper Patrol Boat Captain and Vice President of Advocacy John Lipscomb, Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan and Scenic Hudson consultant Dagmar Etkin of Environmental Research Consulting were invited by the […]

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New NY rules allow continued use of fracking waste on roads, landfill dumping

State finalizes regulations governing solid waste management For Immediate Release: September 21, 2017 Albany – The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized solid waste regulations known as the Part 360 series which includes the management of fracking waste. The following is a joint statement from a coalition which has been leading the effort to ban fracking waste in New York State (list of organizations at bottom): “New York State has missed the mark when it comes to protecting our health and water from the dangers of fracking waste. Nearly […]

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7 municipalities join Riverkeeper in campaign to protect Hudson River drinking water supply

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 13, 2017 Contacts: Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper Communications Director, 845-445-8257, cweathers@riverkeeper.org More than 100,000 people rely on the Hudson River as primary source of drinking water OSSINING — Seven municipalities have joined Riverkeeper in a campaign to protect the drinking water supply for more than 100,000 people – the Hudson River Estuary. The seven municipalities — The City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Town of Hyde Park, Village and Town of Rhinebeck, Town of Lloyd and Town of Esopus – began meeting for the first time this summer […]

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Flawed data & analysis fatally undermine EPA’s findings that Hudson PCB cleanup will protect environment & public health

Credentialed scientist says EPA’s conclusion that PCB cleanup is on track is not supported by data Contacts: Hayley Carlock, Scenic Hudson, 845-473-4440, Ext. 210, hcarlock@scenichudson.org Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 914-478-4501, Ext. 239, cweathers@riverkeeper.org HUDSON VALLEY — The cleanup of toxic PCBs in the Hudson River will not achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandatory goal of protecting the environment and public health, as the agency claims in its draft Five-Year Review of the project. A highly credentialed expert contracted by the environmental groups Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper finds the scientific data […]

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DEC pulls plug on millennium pipeline project

The DEC has pulled the plug on the Millennium Pipeline Valley Lateral Project, a pipeline that would pump fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the CPV natural gas power plant under construction in Wawayanda.

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