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Environmental Groups to Sue EPA Over Unsafe Waters in New York City

Map of relevant New York City waterways.
Map of relevant New York City waterways.
Lax Oversight Allows City and State to Evade Health Protections, Continue Massive Sewer Overflows

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Riverkeeper to present water quality data for Upper Hudson in three public events Wednesday, April 12

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Public is invited to events in Glens Falls, Schuylerville and Albany to learn about ongoing water quality monitoring project; Volunteers sought to assist sampling For immediate release: April 7, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, lrae@riverkeeper.org (914) 478-4501 ext. 238 Riverkeeper is hosting three events in the Upper Hudson area Wednesday, April 12, to present data collected in 2016 as part of its first year of water quality sampling in the region and to recruit volunteers to assist with sampling in 2017. Riverkeeper has sampled the entire Hudson River Estuary since 2008, […]

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State approves flawed plans for New York City’s massive sewer overflows

Plans Would Leave Billions of Gallons of Overflows for Decades to Come, Fail to Meet Federal Health Standards NEW YORK (April 4, 2017) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  quietly announced Friday afternoon that three weeks ago it approved long-term plans to address sewage pollution in five New York City waterways. Approvals were issued on March 7, but documentation was made available only yesterday. The affected waters are Flushing Bay, Flushing Creek and Alley Creek in Queens, and the Bronx and Hutchinson rivers in the Bronx. […]

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New York State goes big on clean water in budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have finalized a $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act as part of the initial budget for the current fiscal year beginning April 1 – a huge boost to our efforts to stop sewage overflows and protect drinking water at its source. Paul Gallay, President and Riverkeeper, said: “After decades of underinvestment, New York is finally doing what’s needed to fix its aging water infrastructure. New Yorkers from Montauk to Buffalo will soon have cleaner drinking water and healthier waterways to visit and enjoy, […]

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New Mohawk River report points to need for infrastructure investments

Riverkeeper on patrol in the Mohawk River in May 2016. (Photo: John Garver)
Public invited to learn more, join community science monitoring project April 10 in Utica Utica, N.Y. – A new Riverkeeper report details the results of a water quality monitoring project with SUNY Cobleskill that samples 43 locations monthly in 120 miles of the Mohawk River, the Hudson River’s largest tributary. The report highlights the need to invest in water infrastructure to stop sewage overflows and leaks – such as those likely to result from rain today. Annual investments of at least $800 million statewide are needed for water infrastructure, and Riverkeeper […]

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New Riverkeeper report on Wallkill water quality highlights need to clean up river

For immediate release: March 23, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, Media Specialist lrae@riverkeeper.org; (914) 478-4501, ext. 238 Riverkeeper and Wallkill River Watershed Alliance release letter calling for Governor Cuomo and state Legislative leaders to fund DEC Study Public invited to learn more at Wallkill River Summit March 28 NEW PALTZ, NY — Riverkeeper released a new report today, detailing the results of five years of water quality monitoring by community scientists in the Wallkill River, showing that 87% of samples have failed to meet federal guidelines for safe swimming. The report’s finding […]

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‘The Wallkill needs help’ – Water quality report highlights need to clean up river

Photo: Emily Vail / DEC
Riverkeeper and Wallkill River Watershed Alliance release letter calling for Governor Cuomo and state Legislative leaders to fund DEC Study Public invited to learn more at Wallkill River Summit March 28 For immediate release:March 23, 2017 Contact: Leah Rae, lrae@riverkeeper.org, (914) 478-4501 ext. 238 Riverkeeper released a new report today, detailing the results of five years of water quality monitoring by community scientists in the Wallkill River, showing that 87 percent of samples have failed to meet federal guidelines for safe swimming. The report’s finding will be presented as part […]

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Riverkeeper champions clean water legislation in Albany

Riverkeeper, New York's Clean Water Advocate, will set out to Albany this week to meet with state legislators to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed $2 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act and the legislature's proposed $5 billion Clean Water Bond Act for the 2017-2018 fiscal budget.

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Department of Defense needs to stop flow of pollution from Stewart ANG Base

Today, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney sent a letter to the Department of Defense, requesting the Department to agree to take an “interim remedial action” at Stewart Air National Guard base to filter the largest source of PFOS-polluted water before it leaves the base. Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Director, said: “Riverkeeper has been calling for action to stop the flow of PFOS pollution from the Stewart Air National Guard Base since May 2016 – eight months ago. Newburgh and the state took […]

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Angel Montero, researching the Hudson River and its health

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“When I was growing up, I was pretty much a city kid,” Angel Montero says. “To me the Hudson River didn't have much of an impact. To me the Hudson River was that blue thing you see on the subway map.” As a 25-year-old college student, Montero is engaged in science research that will help all of us better understand the Hudson and its health.

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