Hudson River Day- Riverkeeper Water Quality Outreach
Hudson River Day is an annual event, organized by multiple organizations, that celebrates the Hudson River and the progress we’ve made in its revitalization. Riverkeeper is spearheading an effort with partners to provide a wide variety of free or discounted river-based recreational opportunities that day, like kayaking and sailing. AND we want to work with volunteers like you to educate the public about Hudson River water quality, Riverkeeper’s sampling results, and how we can make the river cleaner and safer. Did you know that more than 20% of our water samples have failed EPA safe swimming guidelines? That’s a failure rate three times the national average at public beaches. We want to clean up the Hudson so that it’s safe for swimming, boating and fishing - and the first step is informing the public about the problems we need to solve.
Here’s how you can help. Hudson River Day volunteers will spend part of the day stationed at public beaches, boat launches and other public access sites along the river. All you have to do is hand out a Riverkeeper fact sheet about water quality, and discuss a short list of talking points with neighbors for as little as an hour or two. There are countless public access sites throughout the Hudson Valley, so as a volunteer you can pick a site that is closest to you. We want you to enjoy the fun of Hudson River Day as well, so you can schedule your volunteer outreach at a time that won’t conflict with activities that you want to attend.
If you would like to be a Hudson River Day volunteer, please email email@example.com with your name, cell phone number and mailing address. We’ll respond by the end of the first week of July and schedule a virtual training session several days prior to River Day.
About Riverkeeper Inc.
20 Secor Road, Ossining, NY 10562, US
Riverkeeper's mission is to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supply for 9 million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
Riverkeeper's mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the water supply for 9 million people in New York City and he Hudson Valley.
Major ongoing campaigns include Close Indian Point, Crude Oil Transport Risks and Hudson River Water Quality.
Since our founding in 1966, our organization has championed the rights of citizens to stop pollution, and reclaim waterways for swimming, fishing and other public uses. We have brought hundreds of polluters to justice and helped found the Keeper movement that now boasts over 200 organizations worldwide devoted to protecting local waterways.
Investigations and cases often start with a simple phone call or e-mail from a citizen watchdog, or someone hailing our patrol boat out on the river with a tip. On the river, Capt. John Lipscomb patrols the 150-mile Hudson River Estuary from New York City to Waterford monthly, to investigate and stop pollution.
We serve a diverse population, from urban dwellers residing in New York City to local fishermen and working class families who live and work in the rural Hudson Valley.