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Paul Gallay has worked for over 25 years to protect the environment and support local communities, as a non-profit executive, public official and educator. For thirteen years, Paul worked for the New York State’s Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation. After leaving government, Paul served as Westchester Land Trust’s executive director from 2000 to 2008. WLT helped protect thousands of acres of sensitive land and successfully pushed for sounder, more sustainable development practices. Before joining Riverkeeper in July 2010, Paul served nearly two years as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, helping MCHT open its preserves to the public and engage more deeply with local communities.
Paul graduated from Columbia Law School in 1984. His undergraduate degree is from Williams College. Paul grew up in Thornwood, near the Kensico Reservoir, where he learned to fish. His new home, as Riverkeeper, will be in the Village of Ossining.
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by Jordan Davidson
Taking action to stop the mercury from rising is a matter of life and death in the U.S., according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances.
By Alisa Opar
For Chinook salmon, the urge to return home and spawn isn't just strong — it's imperative. And for the first time in more than 65 years, at least 23 fish that migrated as juveniles from California's San Joaquin River and into the Pacific Ocean have heeded that call and returned as adults during the annual spring run.
By Jessica Corbett
Dozens of students, parents, teachers and professionals joined a Friday protest organized by Extinction Rebellion that temporarily stalled morning rush-hour traffic in London's southeasten borough of Lewisham to push politicians to more boldly address dangerous air pollution across the city.
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By Bridget Shirvell
On a farm in upstate New York, a cheese brand is turning millions of pounds of food scraps into electricity needed to power its on-site businesses. Founded by eight families, each with their own dairy farms, Craigs Creamery doesn't just produce various types of cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss and Muenster cheeses, sold in chunks, slices, shreds and snack bars; they're also committed to becoming a zero-waste operation.
By Jessica A. Knoblauch
Summers in the Midwest are great for outdoor activities like growing your garden or cooling off in one of the area's many lakes and streams. But some waters aren't as clean as they should be.
That's in part because coal companies have long buried toxic waste known as coal ash near many of the Midwest's iconic waterways, including Lake Michigan. Though coal ash dumps can leak harmful chemicals like arsenic and cadmium into nearby waters, regulators have done little to address these toxic sites. As a result, the Midwest is now littered with coal ash dumps, with Illinois containing the most leaking sites in the country.