We’re informing and rallying a region-wide corps of citizen advocates to fight for a clean, healthy river and valley
Proof that a groundswell of engaged citizens can make a difference: after 10,000 wrote letters urging abandonment of plans to create new anchorages for 43 industrial barges carrying hazardous chemicals, the Coast Guard suspended its rule-making process to conduct a navigational and environmental risk assessment. Our valley-wide forums and rallies (like the one in Poughkeepsie, above) also resulted in about 2,000 public comments urging the Environmental Protection Agency to require General Electric to conduct a more comprehensive PCB cleanup.
The aging Indian Point nuclear plant kills huge numbers of aquatic creatures in the river each year. With Riverkeeper, we played a major role in litigation leading to a settlement that will close the facility by 2021—ahead of schedule by 14 years.