Urge Hochul to protect NY's streams

Furnace BrookNew York State has a simple protection for many miles of streams and rivers in our state: Get a DEC permit before you mess with a stream, so impacts can be avoided or mitigated. But 41,000 miles of streams lack this basic protection. That puts the life in those streams at risk, as well as communities that rely on them for drinking water, recreation and flood protection.

The New York State Legislature passed a bill granting protections to 41,000 miles of these “Class C” streams across New York, including nearly 9,000 miles in the Hudson River watershed. This bill now awaits Governor Hochul’s signature – and we need your help in ensuring it gets signed into law.

The risk isn’t small - 41 million New Yorkers rely on public water supplies that are fed by these small “Class C” streams upstream of reservoirs and other water sources.

Parts of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers are “Class C.” So are stretches of many of their beloved tributaries: parts of the Bronx and Wallkill rivers, the Batten and Roe Jan kills, the Catskill, Claverack, Fallkill, Kinderhook, Rondout, Schoharie and Sparkill creeks.

Riverkeeper’s own data show that water quality tends to be worse in Class C segments than in streams with other classifications.

What’s more, federal oversight of these waters has been at risk and under assault for decades. It’s time for New York to shore up protections for streams within our state.

Send a message to Governor Hochul today, to add a layer of protection to these waters.


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