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 sources—Browns Pond and 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.






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Our Allies

Newburgh Clean Water Project is informed by the work of these organizations and is honored to collaborate on our shared goals of clean drinking water, watershed restoration, and the health & economic wellbeing of our community.

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.