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    Sample tests continue to show a higher than acceptable level of a contaminant in the drinking water of about a third of the population in western Massachusetts.

Founded in 2001, the Vassar Haiti Project engages students in a life-changing, experiential education in global citizenship, promotes Haitian art, and fosters sustainable development in Haiti. In addition to the purchase and sale of original Haitian art, VHP’s contributions are guided by six initiatives: education, healthcare, reforestation, clean water access, women’s empowerment, and art.

The Vassar Haiti Project’s 7th annual Art and Soul gala fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 25, at the Vassar College Alumnae House.

This year, the Vassar Haiti Project honors Robert M. Morgenthau and Lucinda Franks for their extraordinary achievements in the fields of international social justice and literature.

We welcome Vassar Haiti Project Co-founders Andrew and Lila Meade along with Lucinda Franks.

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Vermont is going to get nearly $19 million for clean water projects.

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  Federal, state, and local officials launched a new water quality monitoring project today on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts that is aimed at improving environmental conditions in Long Island Sound.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2 million to New York state for clean water projects.

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   Water is not something frequently associated with high tech. But, Massachusetts is home to a growing water technology sector. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. 

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The City of Amsterdam in New York’s Mohawk Valley is seeking emergency funding to repair a broken water line.

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Governor Phil Scott has declared this week Vermont Clean Water Week.  The proclamation is intended to be an opportunity for businesses and groups around the state to highlight the importance of Vermont’s waterways.

Just ahead of its 65th anniversary, a nonprofit group formed to protect the Connecticut River in four New England states has changed its name.

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When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

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Two pollutants that have been at the center of water contamination cases in upstate New York have been listed as hazardous substances.

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Statewide testing for lead in drinking water at schools in New York has found 14 percent of outlets sampled in nearly 3,000 schools outside New York City had unsafe levels of the toxic metal.

Gov. Cuomo Calls For $2B For Clean Water Projects In NYS

Jan 10, 2017
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to spend $2 billion statewide for clean water projects.

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With a new legislative session in New York, environmental groups are calling on state officials to make clean water a priority in 2017.

Our region has several communities grappling with contaminated water.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  Over the past decade a new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas.

Wenonah Hauter, one of the nation’s leading public interest advocates, argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. Frackopoly describes how the fracking industry began; the technologies that make it possible; and the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits, creating what the author calls “sacrifice zones” across the American landscape.

HV Communities Receive Water Infrastructure Grants

Aug 15, 2016
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Hudson Valley communities are the recipients of nearly $30 million in New York state grants for water infrastructure improvements.

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City officials are glad to know that 120 leaks in its water system have been identified and can be repaired, reducing the amount of water being lost as Newburgh continues to face its contamination crisis.

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Just as the summer recreation season is beginning, the Connecticut River Watershed Council has launched an online site for people to check if the river contains high amounts of bacteria that could potentially cause illness.

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A letter from Greater Amsterdam School District Superintendent Thomas Perillo says elevated levels of lead were found in a variety of sources, including drinking water fountains, at three separate buildings: Barkley, Marie Curie, and Tecler Elementary Schools.

  The fourth annual Art and Soul reception will take place tomorrow at the Vassar College Alumnae House will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and fabulous cuisine from Twisted Soul. The program runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, and is open to the public.

The Art and Soul reception funds the staffing, supply, and operation of a medical center in northwest Haiti that serves thousands of local residents. For many residents, this is the first accessible medical care in their lifetime.

The Vassar Haiti Project, founded in 2001, promotes Haitian art, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and provides students and volunteers a life changing experiential education in global citizenship. VHP’s contributions are guided by five initiatives: education, medical access, reforestation, clean water access, and women’s health.

This morning we welcome the co-founders of the project: Andrew and Lila Meade, board member Caryn Halle, and Dr. Joassainvil Gueslin.