On May 15th, Riverkeeper provided detailed water sampling training in Gardiner. I was pleased to be able to attend. Many citizen’s have volunteered their time to assist Riverkeeper with this important task. I am sampling The Wallkill in two locations
in New Paltz this summer and fall. New Paltz has some of the greatest concentrations of E.Coli and we are attempting to find out why. To volunteer as a citizen sampler, contact Riverkeeper.
On Thursday April 24th, the New Paltz Town Board, The New Paltz Village Board and concerned citizens all heard Riverkeeper present the findings of water sampling on the Wallkill in New Paltz. As we now know, our river has high counts of E.Coli. This presentation resulted in Town Board member Dan Torres agreeing to invite members of neighboring town boards to join our discussion. This meeting and resulting agreement is a major boast to our efforts to save our river. In the near future we will take our message from town to town where the river flows. Start looking for us this spring and summer at the library in New Paltz, Gardiner and others towns asking for a signature to send to the Governor, the DEC and appropriate state legislature members. We will be asking them to place the river on the EPA 303D or “Impaired Rivers” list. This action will raise awareness of the Wallkill’s pollution at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency level! Based on the 1972 Clean Water Act, this will require efforts to clean up the Wallkill! More soon about this, and other actions are in the planning stages. Thanks for your help!