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River advocates call on NYS leaders to include Wallkill in Harmful Algal Bloom Initiative

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Toxic algae affected 30 miles of the Wallkill River in 2016 Contacts: Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper, dshapley@riverkeeper.org or 845-797-2158 Jason West, Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, wallkillalliance@gmail.com or 845-532-7584 Riverkeeper and the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance are calling on state leaders to include the Wallkill River in a recently announced initiative to address Harmful Algal Blooms in New York State. The groups made the request in letters to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and state Legislators, including all representatives of the Wallkill River Watershed: Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.; Senator John J. Bonacic; […]

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Riverkeeper statement: EPA expands scope of Hudson River cleanup analysis

For immediate release: January 29, 2018 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director cweathers@riverkeeper.org; 845-445-8257 Riverkeeper’s Legal Program Director, Richard Webster released this statement today regarding the EPA’s announcement that it will expand the scope of the Hudson River PCBs cleanup analysis. “Today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency is a step in the right direction, and we hope EPA’s outreach to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation leads to a thorough, diligent and collaborative analysis of the DEC’s data regarding Hudson River PCBs. After EPA closely examines this data, the agency will […]

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Riverkeeper welcomes Governor Cuomo’s plan to “go bigger” on clean energy

Riverkeeper welcomes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed initiatives to go further than ever before in establishing the Empire State as a national leader in clean energy and reducing our reliance on fossil fuel-generated power.

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Riverkeeper joins New York Offshore Wind Alliance

More than 2 dozen environmental, business, labor, developer, and community organizations are members.  New industries, thousands of well paying jobs will be created if NY becomes national offshore wind leader while protecting the marine environment. Albany, N.Y. – The New York Offshore Wind Alliance today announced that the nationally prominent environmental group Riverkeeper, which formed 50 years ago to protect the Hudson River, has joined the Alliance and the more than two dozen leading environmental, business, labor, wind industry and community organizations supporting New York State’s effort to become the national […]

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Riverkeeper statement: Governor and Attorney General warn of a lawsuit if EPA deems Hudson River dredging complete

For immediate release: December 14, 2017 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director cweathers@riverkeeper.org; 845-445-8257 OSSINING, N.Y. — Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said New York will take immediate legal action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if they accept the Upper Hudson River dredging of PCBs as complete. According to a press release by the Governor’s office, Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will sue the federal government to ensure the dredging is completed. The state is also prepared to withdraw from the 2002 Record of Decision which guided the cleanup. […]

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Riverkeeper statement regarding NYISO’s Indian Point deactivation report

For immediate release: December 13, 2017 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper Communications Director cweathers@riverkeeper.org; 845-445-8257 Riverkeeper statement regarding NYISO’s Indian Point deactivation report OSSINING — Today, the New York Independent System Operator released a report analyzing the retirement of the Indian Point nuclear plant and its impacts to the reliability of the electric system. The report found that system reliability criteria can be met with one or more types of solutions including generation, transmission, energy efficiency, and demand response measures. The report confirms a key finding in the 2017 report by […]

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Groups converge at City Hall to press for ‘fishable, swimmable’ waters in NYC

Advocates ask City Council to support aggressive actions needed to reduce sewage and stormwater pollution, promote rain gardens and other vital citywide solutions

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Riverkeeper calls for new water “vision” in New York

In testimony on historic water infrastructure investments, Riverkeeper identifies proactive strategies to protect water before it becomes contaminated.

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

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 navigation and environmental protection without requiring additional anchorages.

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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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