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Riverkeeper Applauds Progress on $136 Million Water Quality Effort for Albany Area


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For Immediate Release

Contact: Dan Shapley, Water Quality Program Manager,
914-478-4501 Ext. 226

OSSINING, NY — Today, the Rensselaer County Sewer District, Albany County Sewer District, and the “Albany Pool Communities” of Albany, Troy, Cohoes, Watervliet, Rensselaer and Green Island held a press event to highlight several projects that are part of the 15-year, $136 million Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Improvement Plan to improve water quality in the Hudson River.

Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Manager Dan Shapley said:

“Riverkeeper is encouraged by the significant work that’s been accomplished in the first year of the Capital District’s major effort to reduce pollution in the Hudson River. We all have to keep our eyes on the stated goal: Water that’s safe for swimming. That’s something that we need to accomplish, both for the river and those living near it in the Capital District.”

Attached is a photo taken by Riverkeeper patrol boat Capt. John Lipscomb, documenting that swimming is already taking place in the Capital District, and has been for years.



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