Our Water

The City of Newburgh, NY's drinking water reservoir is polluted with 12 different
toxic PFAS chemicals. Our water filtration system is unable to remove them all.
Since 2016, the City's been fluctuating between temporary clean sources—currently, the
Catskill Aqueduct. We're holding NY State and the polluters accountable for supplying us
with an adequate, guaranteed source of clean drinking water for our future.




Our Health

Our community was exposed to hazardous levels of the PFAS toxins
between the 1990s and 2016. We are working with our health partners to
get comprehensive medical care for all affected and to hold the U.S.
Department of Defense and PFAS manufacturers accountable.




Our Watershed

Our watershed, the land through which our drinking water flows to arrive at our tap,
is part of the beautiful landscape of the Hudson Valley. However, this land is
heavily polluted and overdeveloped. We stand for a future in which our watershed
is well protected and fully restored, so that our community has long-term access
to clean drinking water, recreation areas and greater economic viability.







The Newburgh Clean Water Project (NCWP) is a nonpartisan grassroots group of Newburgh residents whose mission is to protect the City’s access to clean drinking water and engage the local and regional community in watershed protection and restoration for the wellbeing of current and future generations. We welcome all who've been affected by the PFAS contamination of Lake Washington and we collaborate with a national network of frontline communities and institutions.

Together, let's hold our government and PFAS manufacturers accountable, share resources, and devise equitable solutions for our watersheds—ones that keep our communities safe, climate-resilient, healthy and growing.


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Our Allies

Newburgh Clean Water Project is informed by the work of these organizations and is honored to collaborate towards a common goal of clean drinking water, watershed restoration, and the health and economic wellbeing of our communities.

Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance
Conservation Advisory Council

PFAS Chemicals

PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a large group of man-made toxic chemicals. (PFAS are sometimes also called PFCs, or perfluorinated compounds.)
Watch the film to find out what PFAS chemicals are, where they come from, what health effects they are associated with and what you can do about it!

A National Issue

Tragically, the PFAS-contamination issues facing the City of Newburgh, NY are present and growing throughout the country.
"As of March 2019, at least 610 locations in 43 states are known to be contaminated, including drinking water systems serving an estimated 19 million people."
Source: Environmental Working Group
Polluters, particularly the Department of Defense and PFAS manufacturers, have not taken responsibility for the contamination, comprehensive cleanup or harm done to the public.