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Statement regarding Ulster County Exec Mike Hein’s opposition to proposed Glidepath power station

Riverkeeper fully supports Ulster County Executive Mike Hein’s call to suspend Glidepath’s proposed Lincoln Park gas-fueled electric power plant in the Town of Ulster and to restructure state and federal economic incentives and policy to facilitate clean energy storage and generation projects. Several studies, including a 2017 report by Synapse Energy Economics and an updated 2018 prediction of demand by the New York grid operator, show reduced demand for electricity due to energy efficiency. New renewable capacity and energy efficiency will maintain grid reliability, with more than sufficient available power. […]

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Labatt USA partners with Riverkeeper to promote local water stewardship in New York State this summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Lauren Christopher, Labatt USA (716) 796-5940 lauren.christopher@nabreweries.com Labatt USA Partners with Riverkeeper to Promote Local Water Stewardship in New York State This Summer Investment in local organization serves as part of Labatt USA’s larger partnership with the global Waterkeeper Alliance to protect and sustain drinkable, fishable and swimmable water Labatt USA will partner with Riverkeeper to further its efforts to sustain the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers. Labatt USA will make a $10,000 investment to support Riverkeeper’s efforts, […]

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Advocates call on Governor Cuomo and legislators to pass the New York State BYOBag Act

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Contacts: Jeremy Cherson, Riverkeeper, 770-630-6790, jcherson@riverkeeper.org Megan Ahearn, NYPIRG, (212) 349-6460 x1166, mahearn@nypirg.org Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, (518) 426-9144, roger.downs@sierraclub.org Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, (516) 390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.orgPatrick McClellen, New York League of Conservation Voters, (203) 313-0528, pmcclellan@nylcv.org Jennifer Caddick, Alliance for the Great Lakes, ?(312) 445-9760, jcaddick@greatlakes.org Advocates call on Governor Cuomo and legislators to pass the New York State BYOBag Act Riverkeeper & allied groups deliver thousands of petition signatures to the Governor in support of statewide bill modeled on California law.   Albany, N.Y. – Environmental and community organizations today delivered more […]

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Landmark DEC report calls for pharmaceutical industry to fund safe drug disposal in New York State

Groups applaud critical DEC report; call for legislature to pass Drug Take Back Act before end of session Safe drug disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs critical to address opioid crisis and protect waters from contamination Albany, NY—A coalition of environmental, public health, and product stewardship organizations are praising the Governor and DEC for their recently released report, which calls for a robust, statewide safe pharmaceutical disposal program that is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. Governor Cuomo called for the report when he vetoed a poorly crafted pharmaceutical disposal […]

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‘Hudson 7’ sign agreement to protect Hudson River drinking water supply

Seven communities, representing 100,000 people who rely on the river as source of drinking water, create Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council Municipal leaders from the Towns of Esopus, Lloyd, Hyde Park, City and Town of Poughkeepsie and the Village and Town of Rhinebeck meet for signing ceremony in Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Municipal leaders from “The Hudson 7” – the seven communities that draw drinking water from the Hudson River – gathered at the Marist Boathouse in Poughkeepsie Thursday, May 31, to make history by signing a formal agreement […]

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Riverkeeper will join Hudson River Park Estuarine Sanctuary planning effort to advance new program for habitat restoration and research 

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Group applauds plan for $30.7 million in funding for the Estuarine Sanctuary and the Cuomo Administration’s support for continued habitat restoration & research spending. Ossining, N.Y. — The office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has invited Riverkeeper to help incorporate a proposal for $134 million in habitat restoration and research funding into the official Management Plan for the Hudson River Park and Estuarine Sanctuary. The invitation to Riverkeeper to join the “Technical Advisory Committee” responsible for creating the Estuarine Sanctuary Management Plan came in a May 24th letter from Deputy NYS Secretary Venetia Lannon to […]

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A major victory for the Hudson – Global ends bid for possible tar sands facility in Albany

In response to an announcement today by Global Companies (Oil company abandons possible tar sands oil facility at Port of Albany) Riverkeeper Senior Attorney Erin Doran said: “Riverkeeper is pleased to see that Global has withdrawn its misguided request to add boilers to handle heavy crude at its Albany Terminal. “This is a second major victory for the protection of the Hudson River this year – coming after the defeat of industry’s request for new anchorage grounds to facilitate the transport of more crude oil. Along with our partners, we […]

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Statement regarding Gov. Cuomo’s proposed rule to curb greenhouse gas emissions produced by the state’s energy plants

Statement from Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay: “Riverkeeper applauds Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation on their draft rule to curb greenhouse gases in New York by shutting down the state’s dirtiest fossil-fuel energy plants. By placing stringent emissions standards on existing plants, this rule will help the state reach its goal of reducing energy-sector emissions by 50 percent by 2030 while assuring safe and affordable power for New York’s residents and businesses. Importantly, eliminating coal plants not only limits greenhouse gas emissions, it also eliminates air […]

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More than 100 organizations urge Governor Cuomo to support a ban on plastic bags with a fee on alternative bags

Advocates appreciate Governor Cuomo’s attention to the issue but say that a ban/fee policy is more effective than the Governor’s ban only legislation.

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Riverkeeper Sweep 2018 results: 2,200+ volunteers clear 36 tons of trash & 194 tires in a day

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7th annual event May 5 was largest ever – 120 service projects ‘source to sea’ Ossining, N.Y. – The 7th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep brought out more volunteers at more locations than ever on Saturday, May 5, when over 2,200 people came out to remove trash and invasive plants from 120 sites along the Hudson River. Here are some of the results of the one-day effort that stretched from source to sea – the Adirondack Mountains to the waters surrounding New York City. • 36 tons of trash and debris were […]

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