What Goes Around…

Just one quart of oil can contaminate up to a quarter million gallons of drinking water or cause an oil slick almost 2 acres in size. – Nevada Environmental Products & Services, LLC Oil slicks in the Hudson are a fairly common sight, but aren’t usually offenses by large corporations. Most oil spills I’ve seen… Continue reading What Goes Around…

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

Taking a Dip

When I was growing up in Cold Spring, New York, my friends and I would walk down to the river on humid, August afternoons and swim. We’d go in off the beach at Little Stony Point, or jump off the rocks near Garrison; one unbearably hot day we jumped off the pier at the waterfront and… Continue reading Taking a Dip

Meeting Captain Liz Clark

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. I have been following Captain Liz’s journey on her sailboat Swell for over a year now and, just a week ago, finally got to meet her. She has been sailing the world for the past ten years, surfing and exploring along the… Continue reading Meeting Captain Liz Clark

Riverkeeper Boat Log: Norrie Point to Waterford

Friday, June 17th: I arrived at Norrie Point Marina at 0700 to meet the Riverkeeper boat and cast off for Catskill. We passed the DEC sturgeon tagging team and waited to see what they would reel in. We drifted alongside for a little over an hour, watching them cast and reel in four times with no… Continue reading Riverkeeper Boat Log: Norrie Point to Waterford

Beginnings

As summer solstice approaches, the hot days get longer, the river gets warmer, and the boat ramps are bustling with trailers and people eager to launch and go play. The marina gets busier each night, boats dodging each other in the narrow channels between the docks. I see more trash in the river, as sunset… Continue reading Beginnings