Giles Ashford

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Riverkeeper Protects Hudson River and Works to Improve New York City's Drinking Water

The City of New York's water delivery system was once heralded as one of America's biggest engineering accomplishments. But today, its reservoir structure is crumbling, threatening the safety of drinking water for thousands of New Yorkers, says Riverkeeper. The group, an independent, member-supported organization based in New York, has vowed to take on the problem of polluted rivers and safe drinking water, with the help of individuals and communities. They promote policy and legislation that will further protect New York waterways and the citizens' drinking water.

Riverkeeper has made the Hudson River its top priority for over 40 years. The organization is dedicated to protecting the ecological integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water supply of New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. Riverkeeper encourages communities and individuals to take action to defend waterways. For the sake of the river's health, and the safety of New York City's drinking water, the community certainly benefits from the organization's work.

Riverkeeper urges the city to research and repair the problems with the drinking water delivery system. Two of the current infrastructure projects include the Croton and the Delaware Aquaducts. Both of the aging systems, one of them more than 100 years old, have been known to leak and have fallen into a state of disrepair. According to Riverkeeper, leaks in the Deleware Aquaduct are particularly threatening: "Two leaks in the Rondout-West Branch ? threaten the aqueduct with significant water loss or catastrophic collapse."

Riverkeeper and the Community

Riverkeeper explains that communities minimize their impact on the waterways with a few simple steps: conserve water, conserve energy, and reduce watershed pollutants. The group also encourages citizens to get involved in cleanup projects, report pollution crimes, attend Riverkeeper events, and spread the message.

Riverkeeper explains that communities minimize their impact on the waterways with a few simple steps: conserve water, conserve energy, and reduce watershed pollutants. The group also encourages citizens to get involved in cleanup projects, report pollution crimes, attend Riverkeeper events, and spread the message.

Want to Help Keep the Waterways Clean?

Join Riverkeeper's efforts in keeping the Hudson and its watershed clean, in addition to improving New York City's drinking water system. Take action with Riverkeeper.

Riverkeeper will be profiled in the Troubled Waters episode of Focus Earth.Dive deeper into water-related issues with Planet Green's Blue August