Riverkeeper Boat Log: Water Sampling Patrol from Ossining to Brooklyn

At 0700 hours I boarded the Fletcher at Westerly Marina in Ossining, New York. We fueled up, loaded the sampling bottles, and cast off for the city. I was at the helm, Carol was prepping her sampling supplies, and John started to catch up on emails and phone calls. For the first twenty miles we didn’t have… Continue reading Riverkeeper Boat Log: Water Sampling Patrol from Ossining to Brooklyn

Clean Water for Kids

From tacking around to pick up floating remains of potato chip bags and mylar balloons to explaining why the river water is dirtier after it rains, I have learned a lot about explaining water quality to kids through teaching at EAST Sailing. Ages 8 to 15, they all understand a lot more than you’d think about the… Continue reading Clean Water for Kids

Sturgeon Surprise

“Docks to base. Come in base. Over.” “This is base. Go ahead. Over” “Uh, there’s a three foot long live sturgeon in this boat. How do you want me to handle this? … Over. ” At 0940 this morning, one of my coworkers at Croton Sailing School found a young sturgeon swimming in the cockpit of… Continue reading Sturgeon Surprise