DEC’s Croton River Hydrilla Project: Update

Bill Wegner, a staff scientist at Riverkeeper, emailed with me about the DEC’s plan for Croton River and has reassured me that the herbicide will not have adverse affects on anything except for the target hydrilla. He pointed to the fact that without this treatment, it is unlikely the the invasive hydrilla will be stopped, and the… Continue reading DEC’s Croton River Hydrilla Project: Update

DEC Plans to Use Herbicide to Kill Hydrilla in Croton River, Swimming Ban to be Put in Place

Hydrilla, an invasive aquatic weed, has been overtaking the Croton River and has the potential of spreading into the Hudson. It clogs boat motors, reduces oxygen levels, and chokes local plants. A survey was conducted last summer by the DEC and Allied Biological and found that hydrilla has not yet spread into the Hudson, but that… Continue reading DEC Plans to Use Herbicide to Kill Hydrilla in Croton River, Swimming Ban to be Put in Place

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

You Are What You Eat, and Lather, and Wear, and Wash, and…

Every time I shower or use a sink on the boat I live on, that “greywater” gets dumped directly overboard. As I inspect the ingredients on the back of the shampoos and dish soap, my eyes scan words that I can’t even begin to pronounce. I Google “methylaparaben,” and find that its a preservative (also used in… Continue reading You Are What You Eat, and Lather, and Wear, and Wash, and…

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