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Riverkeeper reacts to the passage of the Environmental Bond Act

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

CWA 50th Sail Org reps
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?

PCBs study will examine contamination in Hudson River from Troy to NYC

PCBs study to focus on Lower Hudson
Photo by Joseph Squillante, 2015
Agreement between EPA & GE paves the way for long overdue data collection – and potential cleanup – in the Lower Hudson. The Environmental Protection Agency announced a legal agreement with General Electric this week that begins an overdue and critically important phase in dealing with GE’s legacy of toxic contamination from PCBs in fish and sediment throughout the Hudson River. Under the agreement, GE will plan and fund a study of contamination extending throughout the “Lower Hudson” – the entire 160-mile stretch from the Federal Dam at Troy south […]

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With Inflation Reduction Act, Senate takes historic step to confront climate crisis: Riverkeeper statement

The legislation is critical to ensuring U.S. climate policy gets back on track.

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Environmental groups laud House of Representatives’ passage of historic legislation to protect New York-New Jersey Watershed

A broad coalition of environmental organizations today congratulated US Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) and New York and New Jersey’s delegations in the House of Representatives for passing the New York-New Jersey Watershed Protection Act. The legislation was included in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act and must now be considered by the US Senate.

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Riverkeeper responds to irresponsible Supreme Court climate ruling

While the federal government faces new constraints, action at the state level becomes ever more critical. We will continue to fight fossil fuel development and transmission, especially where it impacts our waters and the people and ecosystems that depend on them.

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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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End of state legislative session is ‘mixed bag’ for climate bills

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