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Environmental justice advocates and southeast Queens waste transfer station operators reach settlement in Clean Water Act and nuisance lawsuit

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The settlement provides for independent oversight of waste transfer stations’ efforts to contain odor, noise, dust, and manage stormwater. New York, NY, January 4, 2023 – Two residents of Southeast Queens and environmental organizations Riverkeeper and NY/NJ Baykeeper, represented by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) and co-counsel Super Law Group, and local waste transfer stations operated by American Recycling Management LLC (American) and Regal Recycling Co., Inc. (Regal) reached a final settlement in a lawsuit intended to improve the quality of life for residents of Southeast Queens and help […]

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Hochul Vetoed Water Protection Bill Because New York Lacks the Staff to Enforce It

Governor Hochul vetoes bill to protect 41,000 miles of NY’s streams – Riverkeeper statement

Contact: Jeremy Cherson, Riverkeeper Senior Manager of Government Affairs, [email protected]; 770-630-6790 Governor Kathy Hochul has vetoed legislation that will extend the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Protection of Waters Program to class C streams intended to provide oversight to projects which may disturb stream banks or beds. Class AA, A, B, and a small number of Class C trout streams already require permits. Riverkeeper and our partner organizations have documented waterways across the Hudson River watershed and New York that are misclassified, leaving our freshwater habitat and drinking water sources vulnerable […]

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Harckham and environmental advocates urge Gov. Hochul to enact vital water protection legislation

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Riverkeeper and allies call for Governor to sign stream protection bill passed by New York State Legislature ADD YOUR NAME: Send a message to Governor Hochul by December 14 > Albany, N.Y. – New York State Senator Pete Harckham and representatives from a number of important environmental groups held a press conference in the New York State Capitol Tuesday, December 6, urging Governor Hochul to enact vital legislation that protects streams and drinking water throughout the state. Gathered in front of the Million Dollar Staircase inside the Capitol building, Harckham […]

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New York State Urged to Protect Water Quality in New York City

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Riverkeeper, NRDC, and Save the Sound, the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic submitted comments to the New York State DEC urging the agency to set new water quality standards for the coastal waters in and around New York City in a way that makes them healthier for recreation and restores ecological functions.

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Riverkeeper reacts to the passage of the Environmental Bond Act

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On Tuesday, November 8, New York voters overwhelmingly supported Prop 1, the $4.2 billion Clean Air, Clean Water and Green Jobs Bond Act of 2022. Funds from the bond act will support capital improvements across the state including vital water infrastructure upgrades, water quality improvements, dam removals, environmental justice projects, and renewable energy all while creating 100,000 good paying jobs. Riverkeeper is a proud member of the Clean Water and Jobs coalition, a 300+ member coalition made up of environmental and conservation groups, labor and healthcare, faith, and good government […]

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Hudson Valley environmental organizations rally together as the Clean Water Act turns 50

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Media contacts: Erin Macchiaroli (she/her) [email protected] Leah Rae (she/her) [email protected] Beacon, N.Y. – Onboard the sloop Clearwater Tuesday, members of staff and board from the three leading Hudson Valley environmental groups, Clearwater, Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson sailed together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water Act, passed on October 18, 1972. Sixty years ago, a beautiful river once celebrated through the Hudson River School of Art, was heavily polluted, malodorous, and congested from over a century of industrial development. In the 10 years that followed […]

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases coastal resiliency plan details

How Safe are U.S. Rivers 50 Years After the Clean Water Act?

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