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Advocates hail agreement to protect New York’s water from toxic “forever chemicals”

New law will establish the most comprehensive drinking water testing and notification program for PFAS in the country.

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Ulster, Dutchess to fund Hudson 7 intermunicipal council position

Muddy Waters: Does New York City Have a Watershed Problem?

Riverkeeper calls on governor to sign legislation to expand testing for contaminants in drinking water

NYS program helps protect drinking water at its source – Riverkeeper statement

New York State announced Monday that more than 40 communities will benefit from the new Drinking Water Source Protection Program, which will assist communities in developing multi-faceted programs to address specific threats to their drinking water supplies. Riverkeeper has advocated for this program, as one response to the drinking water crisis in City of Newburgh that came to light five years ago this month. Communities in the region that will benefit from this program include: The Hudson 7 communities (City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Village and Town of Rhinebeck and […]

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La Voz: Stop the Mud in Lower Esopus Creek

Rockland Residents Urge NY To More Cleanup Of ‘Forever Chemicals’

Federal Lawmakers Call On EPA To Help With Rockland PFAS Water Contamination

Coalition calls for implementation of critical law passed in 2018 — The NYS Drug Take Back Act

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Ongoing delay of law’s implementation threatens to exacerbate the opioid epidemic amid the Covid-19 pandemic Continued flushing of unwanted drugs endangers water quality across the state Albany, NY—A broad coalition of environmental, product stewardship, public health, solid waste management, local government, and fishing organizations recently sent a letter to the New York State Department of Health (“Department”) calling for final regulations and implementation of the NYS Drug Take Back Act within 30 days (see letter attached). The law requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund a statewide drug take-back program that provides […]

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Riverkeeper sues NYS to prevent withdrawal of regulations protecting NYC water quality

NYS is attempting to walk back protections for water recreation that were established in 2015. ALBANY, NY — Riverkeeper, represented by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, filed suit late yesterday to prevent the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from attempting to roll back human health protections for recreation in New York City’s waterways, initially established by regulation in 2015. The 2015 water quality standards for swimming and other “primary contact recreation” would require the state to set scientifically accurate sewage pollution limits for the City’s waterways. To meet […]

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