Riverkeeper: Report storm pollution
How to help the environment in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy


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.

KINGSTON — 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.