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Danskammer Lawsuit Tossed: Orange County Judge Rules that DEC Has Authority to Reject New Gas Plants Under the CLCPA

Re-posted from the Sierra Club. New York – Yesterday, Judge Robert A. Onofry dismissed a lawsuit filed by Danskammer Energy LLC, seeking to overturn the Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of a permit necessary for Danskammer to build a new fracked gas plant on the banks of the Hudson River in Orange County. Judge Onofry ruled that the Department had ample authority under the state’s landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) to deny permits for new polluting gas plants that interfered with the law’s aggressive GHG emissions reductions […]

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SATURDAY: 100+ shoreline cleanups in 1 day along the Hudson

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11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep is happening at 122 locations from Staten Island to the Adirondacks; Volunteers will clean shorelines and foster native plants

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Third ‘Free Dead in the Park’ concert to benefit Riverkeeper May 17 in NYC

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Stella Blue’s Band is excited to announce the third Free Dead in the Park concert to benefit Riverkeeper, presented exclusively by RISE cannabis dispensaries. Following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead over 50 years ago, Stella will take to the same stage at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park in New York City at 4:30pm on Tuesday, May 17.

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PSC approves contracts for Champlain Hudson Power Express, Clean Path NY – Riverkeeper statement

In response to today’s vote by the New York Public Service Commission, Tracy Brown, President and Hudson Riverkeeper, said: “Riverkeeper is disappointed that the Public Service Commission has approved the Champlain Hudson Power Express project to receive valuable Tier 4 ratepayer subsidies. While we appreciate the thoughtful and exhaustive work of the Commissioners and staff of the PSC entrusted with this decision, we believe this project falls far short of meeting New York’s stated goals of providing a just transition to renewable energy while effectively reducing carbon emissions from our […]

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Environmental justice impacts of proposed Canadian hydropower for NYC highlighted day before critical PSC vote

Canadian First Nations representatives speak out on impacts from hydro dams as Hydro-Quebec signals that even more dams could be built

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Riverkeeper on the passage of the New York State 2023 Budget

Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature have enacted a state budget for the next fiscal year with substantial environmental funding and policy wins. The following are statements from Riverkeeper's President, Tracy Brown and Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Jeremy Cherson.

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11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep is Saturday, May 7

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On Saturday, May 7, more than 2,000 volunteers will come together across hundreds of miles of shoreline in New York City and the Hudson Valley for the 11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.

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Riverkeeper calls on NYS to protect Hudson & Mohawk rivers from Erie Canal invasive species

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Today, the Department of Environmental Conservation and Canal Corporation responded to public calls to address the risk of invasive species traveling into new waters via New York State canals. The proposal doesn’t directly address the need to block invasive species from entering the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers via the Erie Canal. Scientists have called for such a measure for nearly a decade, and the Reimagine The Canals initiative has identified strategies that can and must be implemented. The following is a statement by Dan Shapley, co-director of Riverkeeper’s Science and […]

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NYS to NYC: Find alternatives to dumping muddy Ashokan Reservoir water into the Esopus Creek

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Riverkeeper applauds the state’s decision to require further analysis of alternative actions, as well as impacts to the Hudson River drinking water supply, and the effects of climate change on the management of the city’s water supply. Decision follows public demands to “stop the mud” in Lower Esopus Creek. The State announced today that New York City must expand its study of alternatives to dumping muddy water into the Esopus Creek from its Ashokan Reservoir. The city must also further scrutinize how climate change will affect the proposed reservoir operations, […]

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Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State – Riverkeeper statement

Statement of Jeremy Cherson, Riverkeeper Senior Manager of Government Affairs, on Governor Kathy Hochul’s 2022 State of the State: “Riverkeeper is happy to hear the Governor’s strong commitment to prioritizing a clean and healthy environment for New Yorkers and providing national leadership on climate change. “We are pleased to see Governor Hochul’s proposal to increase the environmental bond act to $4 billion, which will provide critical resources for restoring the Hudson River and making New York more resilient to the growing effects of climate change. Additionally, Riverkeeper is thrilled to […]

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