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Environmental Groups Sue over Unsafe Waters in New York City

For Immediate Release Contacts: Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 845-445-8257, cweathers@riverkeeper.org Laura McMillan, Save the Sound, 540-292-8429, lmcmillan@savethesound.org Kimiko Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council, 310-434-2344, kmartinez@nrdc.org Maia Raposo, Waterkeeper Alliance, 212-747-0622 x116, mraposo@waterkeeper.org Environmental Groups Sue over Unsafe Waters in New York City  Lax Oversight Allows City and State to Evade Health Protections, Continue Sewer Overflows of 20 Billion Gallons/Year NEW YORK (June 29, 2017) — A coalition of nine New York City, regional, and national environmental organizations, represented by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, filed suit in federal court today against the […]

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

For immediate release: June 28, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org; 914-478-4501, ext 238 OSSINING — Late Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said it will “suspend future rulemaking decisions” regarding the proposed rule to put new long-term anchorages designated for commercial shipping anchorages on the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. The maritime industry says the anchorages will help facilitate the increased shipment of Bakken crude oil on the Hudson River. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay responded to the news with this statement: “With one voice, more than 10,000 Hudson […]

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NY legislators vote overwhelmingly for bill to protect Hudson from oil barges

Contact: Leah Rae, Riverkeeper Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org, 914-478-4501, ext. 238 OSSINING — Last night, a bill to give the state additional say over Hudson River anchorage locations overwhelmingly passed the New York State Senate and will be heading to the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for approval. The Senate joined the Assembly and passed legislation that better enables the state to protect the Hudson and waterfront communities from dangerous new oil tanker and barge anchorages. The bill, passed by a vote of 93-2 in the Assembly and 62-1 in the Senate, […]

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Key bill on anchorages passes Assembly 93-2; Senate must act

The New York State Assembly passed legislation by a vote of 93-2 today to pass the “Tanker Avoidance Zone” bill. Riverkeeper strongly supports this bill and calls on the Senate to act before the end of the legislative session Wednesday: Jeremy Cherson, Campaign Advocacy Coordinator for Riverkeeper, said: “Today, the Assembly delivered important legislation that will protect the Hudson River and waterfront communities from new barge anchorages that could support a massive expansion of crude oil shipments through the Hudson Valley. Given the unprecedented public outcry to the proposed re-industrialization […]

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Riverkeeper website offers expanded water quality data

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Contact: Leah Rae, lrae@riverkeeper.org (914) 478-4501 ext. 238 Swimmers, boaters, anglers and others can explore test results relevant to safe recreation at 425 locations in Hudson River Watershed Ossining, N.Y. – An expanded website allows members of the public to find water quality testing data from 425 locations throughout the Hudson River Watershed, from the Adirondacks to New York Harbor, along Hudson River tributaries and New York City shorelines. The data is displayed on interactive maps that have been expanded this year to include two-thirds more locations than a year […]

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‘8 Bridges Hudson River Swim’ begins Thursday – 120 miles, Catskills to NY Harbor

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7th annual ‘weeklong open-water swimming odyssey celebrates the mighty Hudson and the New York Harbor’ Contacts: Rondi Davies, 917-783-0078, rondi@nyopenawater.org Laura Picardo, 732-996-7220, laura@nyopenwater.org Race directors David Barra and Rondi Davies, in collaboration New York Open Water, will present an unprecedented swimming event June 15-22: the 7th annual seven-day, seven-stage 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim. From the peaceful Catskills to the dramatic Narrows, 52 swimmers will cover more than half of the Hudson River’s great stream, from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Hudson down to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — […]

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Environmental Leaders Blast EPA’s Hudson River Report on PCB Cleanup

Review ignores contamination’s impacts on people, environment, economy Contacts: Manna Jo Greene, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, 835-265-8080, Ext. 7113, or mannajo@clearwater.org Gil Hawkins, Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, 201-446-2652, or gilhawkins@verizon.net Kate Kiely, Natural Resources Defense Council, 212-727-4592, or kkiely@nrdc.org Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 845-445-8257, or cweathers@riverkeeper.org Ned Sullivan, Scenic Hudson, 914-489-4630, or nsullivan@scenichudson.org Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, 518-426-9144, or roger.downs@albany.twcbs.com Posted by Scenic Hudson Thursday, June 1, 2017 Capital Region/Hudson Valley — A technical report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 Office released today on the Hudson […]

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Riverkeeper responds to Trump announcement on Paris climate accords

In response to today’s announcement by President Trump, Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay said: “President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords makes the U.S. one of the few countries on Earth to altogether dismiss the need for aggressive action on climate change. While the withdrawal has global implications, it will hit us especially hard here at home. New York’s thousands of miles of coastline are already threatened by sea level rise, and the safety of the drinking water for more than 9 million New Yorkers will be […]

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Riverkeeper responds to EPA’s five-year review on Hudson River PCBs

Riverkeeper released the following statement today in response to the EPA’s second five-year review report on the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay said: “The evidence clearly shows the Hudson River remedy is not protective of human health and the environment and will not meet EPA’s goals. EPA’s decision flies in the face of that evidence. Instead of moving the goal posts, EPA should try to meet its own goals by mandating additional remediation. We cannot accept an outcome that will leave Hudson River fish toxic for […]

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Public invited to ‘Visioning Workshop’ on future of Newtown Creek

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WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017: 1 – 4 p.m. WHERE: Kingsland Wildflowers, 520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 WHAT: Members of the public are invited to join community organizations, agencies and environmental groups for a Newtown Creek Community Visioning Workshop. HOSTED BY: Riverkeeper & Newtown Creek Alliance Newtown Creek is a 3.8-mile waterway border between Brooklyn and Queens, a federally designated Superfund site with a long history of industrial pollution and environmental neglect. Each year, billions of gallons of raw sewage flow into the creek. This is a key time […]

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