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Senate budget calls on pharmaceutical industry to fund safe drug disposal in NY

Diverse coalition calls on Assembly and Governor to follow suit in final budget Safe drug disposal of unused and expired drugs critical to address opioid crisis and protect waters from contamination Albany, N.Y. – A broad group of public health, sportsmen, product stewardship, and environmental organizations are calling on the Governor and Assembly to support the Drug Take Back Act in the final state budget. The Act was included in the New York State Senate’s budget proposal. The legislation would establish a robust, statewide program to provide safe pharmaceutical disposal […]

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Hudson River Contamination Sparks Action

River advocates call on NYS leaders to include Wallkill in Harmful Algal Bloom Initiative

Toxic algae affected 30 miles of the Wallkill River in 2016 Contacts: Dan Shapley, Riverkeeper, or 845-797-2158 Jason West, Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, or 845-532-7584 Riverkeeper and the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance are calling on state leaders to include the Wallkill River in a recently announced initiative to address Harmful Algal Blooms in New York State. The groups made the request in letters to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and state Legislators, including all representatives of the Wallkill River Watershed: Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.; Senator John J. Bonacic; […]

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Riverkeeper calls for new water “vision” in New York

In testimony on historic water infrastructure investments, Riverkeeper identifies proactive strategies to protect water before it becomes contaminated.

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Riverkeeper Report: Hudson River Watershed needs $4.8 billion clean water investment

New analysis of 8,200 water samples finds 21% of Hudson River Estuary samples fail to meet safe swimming guidelines Despite progress improving water quality, combined sewer overflows, aging infrastructure, and some tributaries remain pollution sources Riverkeeper joined a delegation to Washington, D.C., to urge doubling of federal investment in water infrastructure nationwide, to $4.6 billion Ossining, N.Y. – In a new report, Riverkeeper has released a fresh analysis of water quality data, showing that 21 percent of Hudson River Estuary samples failed to meet federal safe-swimming guidelines. To improve water […]

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Hoppy Waters: How to Brew an IPA on the Hudson River

Environmental Groups Sue over Unsafe Waters in New York City

For Immediate Release Contacts: Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 845-445-8257, Laura McMillan, Save the Sound, 540-292-8429, Kimiko Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council, 310-434-2344, Maia Raposo, Waterkeeper Alliance, 212-747-0622 x116, Environmental Groups Sue over Unsafe Waters in New York City  Lax Oversight Allows City and State to Evade Health Protections, Continue Sewer Overflows of 20 Billion Gallons/Year NEW YORK (June 29, 2017) — A coalition of nine New York City, regional, and national environmental organizations, represented by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, filed suit in federal court today against the […]

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Riverkeeper website offers expanded water quality data

Contact: Leah Rae, (914) 478-4501 ext. 238 Swimmers, boaters, anglers and others can explore test results relevant to safe recreation at 425 locations in Hudson River Watershed Ossining, N.Y. – An expanded website allows members of the public to find water quality testing data from 425 locations throughout the Hudson River Watershed, from the Adirondacks to New York Harbor, along Hudson River tributaries and New York City shorelines. The data is displayed on interactive maps that have been expanded this year to include two-thirds more locations than a year […]

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‘8 Bridges Hudson River Swim’ begins Thursday – 120 miles, Catskills to NY Harbor

Photo: Greg Porteus / Lauch 5
7th annual ‘weeklong open-water swimming odyssey celebrates the mighty Hudson and the New York Harbor’ Contacts: Rondi Davies, 917-783-0078, Laura Picardo, 732-996-7220, Race directors David Barra and Rondi Davies, in collaboration New York Open Water, will present an unprecedented swimming event June 15-22: the 7th annual seven-day, seven-stage 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim. From the peaceful Catskills to the dramatic Narrows, 52 swimmers will cover more than half of the Hudson River’s great stream, from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Hudson down to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — […]

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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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