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Environmental groups fight Department of Environmental Conservation’s toothless industrial animal facility permits

NEW YORK — Today Waterkeeper Alliance, Riverkeeper, Cortland – Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Associations Sierra Club, and Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc., represented by Earthjustice, served the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) with a lawsuit challenging a permit with lax terms that could result in pathogens and animal waste pollutants being discharged into New York waterways.

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‘Married to amazement’ on the Mohawk River

'Married to amazement' on the Mohawk River
I am stunned every time I look out over the Mohawk River in upstate New York, “married to amazement” as the poet Mary Oliver says. The Mohawk River is confluent with the Erie Canal in most places, and the best word for it is “rich”: it’s remote, and the vibrant greenery and the carefree diversity of animal life feels like a gift every time. While I’m now a Hudson Valley resident, I grew up in Vernon Center, NY, ten miles south of Rome. Our boat Captain John Lipscomb and I […]

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Vice Chair Crowley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Announce Removal of Abandoned Barges in Flushing Bay

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For Immediate Release Originally posted by Office of Congressman Joseph Crowley Queens, NY – On Monday, May 23, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, was joined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Flushing Bay advocates at a press conference at the World’s Fair Marina to announce the removal of abandoned barges that for too long have contaminated the waterway and posed a safety hazard for vessels navigating the channel in Flushing Bay. “Flushing Bay continues to […]

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Pollen? Yellow/white substance being reported along Hudson

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Substance observed this morning on the Hudson River shoreline at Verplanck.
Riverkeeper has received several reports today of a heavy, yellow-white substance in areas of Hudson River shoreline from Yonkers to Verplanck. The Department of Environmental Conservation suspects it may be pollen, some reports described the material as oily. If you suspect it may not be pollen, send the following to Riverkeeper or contact DEC. 1. Day/time/weather conditions 2. Location 3. Details – sight/smell/frequency 4. Photos, video, narrative 5. Your contact information Fill out the information at this Riverkeeper website and submit: tinyurl.com/rvkwatchdog Call the DEC Spills Hotline: 1-800-457-7362 You may […]

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Working to detoxify Flushing Bay

Hunter agrees to $7,000 landfill fine

Public Health and Clean Water Advocates Call on New York State to Offer Better Protections Against Pollution from Industrial Dairies

CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT * ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES OF NEW YORK * EARTHJUSTICE * RIVERKEEPER * SIERRA CLUB ATLANTIC CHAPTER * THEODORE GORDON FLYFISHERS * WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2016 CONTACT: Michael Dulong, Riverkeeper, (973) 986-5633 Public Health and Clean Water Advocates Call on New York State to Offer Better Protections Against Pollution from Industrial Dairies Coalition demands end to practice of manure spreading during frozen conditions, strict protections and monitoring to prevent groundwater contamination, and public review of individual waste management plans Albany, NY – Concerned […]

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Newburgh to reduce combined sewage pollution by nearly 100 million gallons per year

In an historic agreement announced today, the City of Newburgh and the Department of Environmental Conservation have agreed on a $39 million plan to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Hudson River from the city by nearly 100 million gallons per year. The plan will take 15 years to fully implement, and sets the goal of achieving water quality that is safe for swimming in the Hudson River by 2031. That worthy goal follows a precedent set with the Long Term Control Plan negotiated with Riverkeeper’s input to clean up […]

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Hunter officials mum on landfill violations

Watchdog Report Leading to Sewer Fix

On October 19, a watchdog observed this coming out of a stormwater pipe, and discharging into the Sing Sing Kill, a tributary of the Hudson River in Ossining

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