Monday, November 06, 2006

Flooding in Catskill

Patrol southbound from Waterford to Kingston and then from Kingston to Nyack. Conduct our usual pollen transport sampling and CTD profiles (salinity levels and temperature throughout the water column at approx 5 mile intervals). It was a pretty windy and rough ride home this time.

Swans heading south. Upper Hudson near Catskill

Photos by John Lipscomb

Friday, November 03, 2006

Working with DEC Fisheries Scientists

Boat docked at Albany

Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper President Alex Matthiessen and Andy Kahle, Fishery Scientist from the NYS DEC

Patrol from Hudson to Waterford with Alex Matthiessen aboard and Andy Kahnle from NYS DEC Fisheries. Andy has been studying Hudson River fish and underwater habitat for decades. The more Riverkeeper can learn from people like Andy the better we can help the river/estuary ecosystem.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Collapsing House Barge Investigated

Esopus Creek houseboat barge

Patrol from Kingston to Hudson with Alex Matthiessen aboard. At Saugerties we launched the skiff and photographed an abandoned “house-barge” about which we have received a number of complaints. We also investigated the sewer plant outfall/discharge inside Catskill Creek which is also the subject of numerous complaints.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Beauty and the Beast

Swan at Newtown Creek sewage treatment plant.

Finding more sewage and trash from Combined Sewer Overflows on the creek – NYC alone has 700 of them.