Fond Farewell: Leaving the Hudson, Heading to Ohio

My cabin has been packed into the trunk of my car. Currently, I’m in my bunk being rocked to sleep by the waves and creaking of the dock lines.  At 0500 tomorrow I’ll be driving the 8-9 hours from Croton to Gambier (from the Hudson to the Kokosing).  Although the river I’ll be near for… Continue reading Fond Farewell: Leaving the Hudson, Heading to Ohio

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

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