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Riverkeeper awarded $245,000 DEC grant for planning dam removal

Riverkeeper awarded DEC grant for dam removal
Photo: Erica Capuana, NYS DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife
Riverkeeper is the recipient of a $245,233 grant from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program for planning dam removal. The grant will strengthen the organization’s efforts to help restore natural habitat for fish such as American eel and herring, whose historic upstream migration is disrupted by artificial barriers, many of which are poorly maintained or no longer useful.

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Riverkeeper statements regarding Coast Guard announcement that it will suspend future rulemaking decisions on the Hudson River anchorages proposal

For immediate release: June 28, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org; 914-478-4501, ext 238 OSSINING — Late Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said it will “suspend future rulemaking decisions” regarding the proposed rule to put new long-term anchorages designated for commercial shipping anchorages on the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. The maritime industry says the anchorages will help facilitate the increased shipment of Bakken crude oil on the Hudson River. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay responded to the news with this statement: “With one voice, more than 10,000 Hudson […]

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NY legislators vote overwhelmingly for bill to protect Hudson from oil barges

Contact: Leah Rae, Riverkeeper Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org, 914-478-4501, ext. 238 OSSINING — Last night, a bill to give the state additional say over Hudson River anchorage locations overwhelmingly passed the New York State Senate and will be heading to the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for approval. The Senate joined the Assembly and passed legislation that better enables the state to protect the Hudson and waterfront communities from dangerous new oil tanker and barge anchorages. The bill, passed by a vote of 93-2 in the Assembly and 62-1 in the Senate, […]

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Key bill on anchorages passes Assembly 93-2; Senate must act

The New York State Assembly passed legislation by a vote of 93-2 today to pass the “Tanker Avoidance Zone” bill. Riverkeeper strongly supports this bill and calls on the Senate to act before the end of the legislative session Wednesday: Jeremy Cherson, Campaign Advocacy Coordinator for Riverkeeper, said: “Today, the Assembly delivered important legislation that will protect the Hudson River and waterfront communities from new barge anchorages that could support a massive expansion of crude oil shipments through the Hudson Valley. Given the unprecedented public outcry to the proposed re-industrialization […]

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Activists to rally before Albany County vote on polystyrene ban

For immediate release: March 10, 2017 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director 914-478-4501, ext. 239; cweathers@riverkeeper.org Albany — On Monday, March 13, Albany County legislators will vote on a bill to ban polystyrene (styrofoam) take-out food containers. Before the vote, local activists will hold a press conference and rally to help convince lawmakers to vote in favor of the ban. Polystyrene is not recyclable and not compostable, and plenty of affordable and environment-friendly alternatives are available. Reducing the use of polystyrene is good for our environment. Polystyrene breaks into small pieces, […]

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Saying ‘No’ to anchorages: 10,000 comments, 34 resolutions, 1.5 million constituents

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Hudson Valley communities from Yonkers to Newburgh to Kingston spoke out with a unified voice in opposition to the maritime industry’s proposal for 43 new berths in 10 locations along the river. During a 6-month comment period held by the Coast Guard as part of its "advance rulemaking" process, the response was unprecedented.

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Sustainable Saturday: DAPL and the Pilgrim Pipeline

Shipping anchorage proposal draws heavy opposition

Plan to Anchor Oil Vessels in Hudson River Garners Thousands of Comments

Anchorage Proposal Faces Challenges

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