Riverkeeper: Report storm pollution

How to help the environment in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy


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  • Members of the crew of the Belle Aventure and the Lynx assist Riverkeeper in Kingston on Oct. 31, using oil-absorbent pads to remove petroleum pollution from the Rondout Creek.



How to help your neighbors

As Riverkeeper learns of volunteer opportunities central to its mission of protecting the Hudson River and the drinking water supply, it will mobilize people who want to help. Fill out Riverkeeper's volunteer survey at www.riverkeeper.org to be alerted to future opportunities.

New York Cares — Clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities in New York City.

www.newyorkcares.org

The Volunteer Center — Offers ways to help in Westchester County and the Mid-Hudson Valley

www.volunteer-center.org/sandy

The Brooklyn Community Center — Clearinghouse for opportunities in Brooklyn

www.dogoodrighthere.org/blog/tue-10302012-325pm/volunteer-help-after-storm

Long Island Volunteer Center — Clearinghouse for opportunities on Long Island

www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

New Jersey's Volunteer Emergency Response Hotline — 1-800-537-7397

— Along with the damage it's done to houses and public infrastructure, Superstorm Sandy has had an extraordinary impact on the environment. The Hudson Riverkeeper is asking the public to document and report pollution.

Riverkeeper has sounded the alarm about widespread pollution in the Hudson River and New York Harbor by a variety of toxic chemicals, including petroleum and fluids from cars and boats; contaminants from flooded subways, roads, parking lots and tunnels; and contaminants washed from shoreline industrial sites, as well as commercial and residential buildings. Pollution has affected waterways from the Gowanus Canal to the Rondout Creek.

"You can do a service for our water by helping Riverkeeper to document this pollution," says a Riverkeeper press release issued Nov. 1. "Where possible, we will take action with environmental agencies to remedy pollution. In all instances, documenting pollution will help us understand the impacts of this extraordinary storm surge, so we can advocate for actions that will lessen or eliminate impacts from the next storm."

Riverkeeper asks that "when you see something, take photos, and note the location, time and conditions, as well as any other necessary information."

Pollution may be reported through the online pollution violation form at the Riverkeeper's Web site, www.riverkeeper.org, or by email to watchdog@riverkeeper.org.

Active spills or emergency situations should be reported directly to the Department of Environmental Conservation Spills hotline at 1-800-457-7362.

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