We love the Hudson River Valley. That’s why we work every day to protect it. From legislative campaigns to grassroots efforts, we advocate on behalf of the land, water and people of this region to protect and preserve this majestic place.

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Current Campaigns

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Barge dredging PCBs from Hudson River

Hudson River Toxic PCB Cleanup

These cancer-causing toxins contaminate 200 miles of the river, imperiling humans and wildlife and delaying economic opportunity.
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Danskammer Power Plant

If built, this fossil-fuel plant would contribute to climate change, set back NY’s clean energy goals, and pollute our air and water.
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Hudson River Amtrak Fences

This proposal would create barriers at popular destinations for fishing, launching boats and enjoying river views.
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Maeskantkering storm surge barrier near Rotterdam (photo: Bart van Eyck)

Hudson River Storm Surge Barriers

Sea gates to halt flooding in NYC from events like Superstorm Sandy could damage 150 miles of irreplaceable aquatic habitat.
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Past Campaigns

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Rockland Desalination Plant (Haverstraw)

Our six-year campaign to halt construction of an environmentally harmful desalination plant on Haverstraw Bay — site of some of the river’s most important aquatic habitats — ended in victory when plans to build the facility…

2015

Storm King Mountain (Cornwall)

Conserving the iconic northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands, Con Edison agreed not to build a destructive hydroelectric plant. Scenic Hudson was established to protect the mountain and led the successful 17-year campaign.

1980

Pilgrim Pipelines (Hudson Valley)

We engaged citizens and communities to oppose this proposal to construct two crude oil pipelines through the valley. The outcry against the project led to its abandonment, halting potential environmental, public health and safety threats.

2017

LG Headquarters (Englewood, NJ)

In a “win-win” for the environment and the economy, LG Electronics reached an agreement with us and partners to reduce the height of its proposed corporate tower atop the Palisades, preserving magnificent views and keeping jobs…

2015