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Riverkeeper speaks out against NYC’s turbid releases from Ashokan Reservoir into Lower Esopus Creek

Saugerties, N.Y. – Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan held a news conference in Saugerties today with other elected officials and advocates to draw attention to the impacts from New York City’s practice of releasing massive amounts of turbid water from its Ashokan Reservoir into Lower Esopus Creek. Read the news release here. Following is a statement from Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s management of the Ashokan Reservoir is critically important to the 9.5 million residents of New York City and many […]

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NYS program helps protect drinking water at its source – Riverkeeper statement

New York State announced Monday that more than 40 communities will benefit from the new Drinking Water Source Protection Program, which will assist communities in developing multi-faceted programs to address specific threats to their drinking water supplies. Riverkeeper has advocated for this program, as one response to the drinking water crisis in City of Newburgh that came to light five years ago this month. Communities in the region that will benefit from this program include: The Hudson 7 communities (City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Village and Town of Rhinebeck and […]

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Riverkeeper reaches agreement to ensure prompt and safe decommissioning at Indian Point

In conjunction with the State of New York, local municipalities, and the Public Utility Law Project, Riverkeeper has reached a provisional agreement with Holtec International and its subsidiaries (Holtec) regarding the decommissioning and cleanup of the Indian Point nuclear power facility in the Lower Hudson Valley. The joint proposal is subject to approval by the New York State Public Service Commission. If approved by the PSC, the agreement would transfer ownership of the nuclear power facility to Holtec, which would be responsible for the swift, complete, and safe decommissioning and […]

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Riverkeeper reacts to the passage of the New York State budget

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State leaders passed a budget with a clear focus on protecting clean water and restoring wildlife habitat. The final budget that passed today will continue to make progress through a $500 million Clean Water Infrastructure Act, $300 million Environmental Protection Fund and the approval of a $3 billion environmental bond act ballot initiative set for the November 2022 general election. Riverkeeper Legislative Advocacy Manager Jeremy Cherson responded to the passage of the state budget. “The new funding — including the $3 billion bond act ballot […]

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Sign up now for 10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep on May 1

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Registration is open for 125 shoreline cleanups happening Saturday, May 1, throughout Hudson Valley & NYC.

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Riverkeeper appeals NRC decision to transfer Indian Point’s license to Holtec

Ossining, NY — Riverkeeper has filed an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s indefensible decision to approve the license transfer of the Indian Point Energy Center to Holtec International without a public hearing. In doing so, the NRC rejected hearing requests from Riverkeeper, the New York Attorney General, and the towns closest to Indian Point. In its appeal, Riverkeeper contends that the NRC license transfer approval must be reversed because it is in violation of the Atomic […]

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Riverkeeper testifies before PSC in opposition to Indian Point’s license transfer to Holtec

Today, Riverkeeper is providing oral and written testimony opposing Entergy’s petition for the Public Service Commission to approve the transfer of the Indian Point nuclear power plant and the associated $2 billion decommissioning trust fund to Holtec. The PSC’s decision is ever more critical to protect New Yorkers as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has failed to examine serious concerns raised before their approval of the license transfer. Please read our statement (below) and submit your own written comments at this link.  Thank you for this opportunity to comment on this […]

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Riverkeeper’s statement regarding development of the former Glenwood power station

Riverkeeper supports the environmentally sensitive adaptive reuse of the former Glenwood power station in Yonkers, but we cannot support the project currently under consideration unless a viable parking solution that satisfies community and environmental concerns can be found. After learning of the issues associated with the project’s current parking proposal, Riverkeeper requested that the Lela Goren Group remove Riverkeeper’s name and logo from its materials and not refer to us as being in support of the project, unless and until the parking issue can be resolved.

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Riverkeeper welcomes new members to its Board, Advisory Board and Leadership Council

New volunteer leadership will help Riverkeeper seize important clean water opportunities in the coming years. Ossining, NY — Riverkeeper has added new directors and leadership to its Board, Advisory Board and Leadership Council to help bolster the organization as it looks to build on its 55-year history of fighting to reclaim the Hudson River and ensuring that over 10 million New Yorkers have clean, safe drinking water. The new volunteer leadership augments Riverkeeper’s boards and councils by bringing wide-ranging experience in finance, volunteerism, community activism, social justice, law, information security, […]

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Riverkeeper reacts to Governor Cuomo’s 2022 Executive Budget

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released the 2022 Executive Budget proposal this afternoon at the state capitol in Albany. In the address, the Governor outlined a clean water and jobs focused budget that will continue to make progress on cleaning up our waterways and protecting wildlife across New York. Riverkeeper Legislative Advocacy Manager Jeremy Cherson responded to two proposals: The Clean Water Infrastructure Act and the Environmental Protection Fund. Clean Water Infrastructure Act “We’re grateful for the Governor’s commitment to water infrastructure funding in this challenging […]

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