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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Obama administration issues rule to protect more than 55 percent of New York’s streams

NY, New York – More than 28,000 miles of the state’s streams, including those feeding the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

"The Long Island Sound, Great Lakes, and Hudson River waters we swim, fish, and boat in are only as clean as the streams that flow into them,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director with Environment New York. “That’s why today’s action is the biggest victory for clean water in a decade.”

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News Release | Environment New York

Cuomo Administration Takes Next Step in Making Fracking Ban

Today New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released the long awaiting Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, an environmental review which lays the groundwork for the statewide fracking ban.

A statement from Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, follows:

"Governor Cuomo listened carefully to the latest science and the voices of millions of New Yorkers when he decided to permanently protect the water, health, and environment of the Empire State from the documented damage of dirty drilling. This is what true leadership looks like.  

We are looking forward to reviewing the impact statement in greater depth, but it seems to encompass what the governor promised. We welcome this critical step in the process toward finalizing New York’s fracking ban once and for all.”

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New York wetlands are ‘shelter from the storm’

Enough wetlands remain in the flood-prone areas of Orange County to hold enough rain to cover Newburgh in more than a foot of water, according to a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center.

The analysis, Shelter from the Storm: How Wetlands Protect Our Communities from Flooding, says the area’s wetlands are at risk from pollution and development, however, and so is the region’s natural shield against flood damage.

“Our wetlands are nature’s first line of defense against storms and flooding,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “We need to protect what’s left of them.”

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Shelter from the Storm

In the summer of 1993, residents of the American Midwest experienced the most costly flood in the history of the United States. By the end of that summer, the Mississippi River in St. Louis was 20 feet above flood stage, and levee breaks in Illinois led to the inundation of thousands of acres of land. The flood claimed 48 lives and caused nearly $20 billion in damage.

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News Release | Environment New York

President's Earth Day announcement builds on climate legacy

“The new efforts announced today to help protect some of our nation’s most treasured waterways build upon the president's impressive and growing record of action on climate.” 

-- Heather Leibowitz, Environment New York

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