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Keeping the Hudson River Alive: Chronogram Conversation with Riverkeeper at Sloop Brewing Co. 

By 6pm on Thursday, August 15, the back room at Sloop Brewing Company's East Fishkill location was packed to the gills. Some 100 conservationists, scientists, and concerned citizens had gathered for the premiere of A Living River, a new short documentary from National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, which lovingly depicts the efforts of Riverkeeper, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and other conservation groups to restore life within the Hudson River.

click to enlarge National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster - PHOTO: ANNA SIROTA
  • Photo: Anna Sirota
  • National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster
click to enlarge The captivated audience listens to the panel of experts. - PHOTO: ANNA SIROTA
  • Photo: Anna Sirota
  • The captivated audience listens to the panel of experts.

Bowermaster's film was the launching point for August's Chronogram Conversation, which was sponsored by Riverkeeper and produced in collaboration with The River Newsroom. The screening was followed by a discussion with regional experts and activists co-moderated by Bowermaster and Chronogram's acting editorial director, Marie Doyon.

The panelists were Emily Vail, executive director of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance; Dr. George Jackman, Riverkeeper's habitat restoration manager; Frances F. Dunwell, coordinator of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary program; and Asher Pacht, director of environmental programs at Clarkson University's Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

click to enlarge Bowermaster and acting editorial director of Chronogram Marie Doyon - PHOTO: ANNA SIROTA
  • Photo: Anna Sirota
  • Bowermaster and acting editorial director of Chronogram Marie Doyon

The panelists discussed many topics, including which fish populations are and are not rebounding; the intersecting role of government, nonprofits, and citizen-led organizations in the cleanup and study of the river; restoring migration routes through de-damming; and the general health of the Hudson River at present.

click to enlarge Panelists from left to right: Emily Vail, executive director of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance; Dr. George Jackman, Riverkeeper’s habitat restoration manager; Asher Pacht, director of environmental programs at Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries - PHOTO: ANNA SIROTA
  • Photo: Anna Sirota
  • Panelists from left to right: Emily Vail, executive director of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance; Dr. George Jackman, Riverkeeper’s habitat restoration manager; Asher Pacht, director of environmental programs at Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries

To learn more about you can help the Hudson River ecosystem, go to Riverkeeper.org.

click to enlarge Panelist Frances F. Dunwell, coordinator of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary program - PHOTO: ANNA SIROTA
  • Photo: Anna Sirota
  • Panelist Frances F. Dunwell, coordinator of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary program

Save the date—our next conversation on inclusive community planning will be October 15 from 6-8pm at Clarkson University's Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. Chronogram.com/conversations.

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