The president of Riverkeeper, an environmental group based in New York’s Hudson Valley, is stepping down next year. This comes as Riverkeeper has a new strategic plan in place, refocusing its mission. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay.
With Gallay at the helm starting in 2010, Ossining-based Riverkeeper initiated its annual Sweep in 2012, a day of service for the Hudson River. Over nine years, the Riverkeeper Sweep has grown considerably, with thousands of volunteers cleaning shorelines, planting trees and removing invasive plants in their communities from the Adirondacks down to Flushing Bay. Some 276 tons of trash have been removed from the Hudson and its tributaries since the Sweep’s inception.