Our Water

Since 2016, the Newburgh has been fluctuating between temporary drinking water sources—Browns Pond and the Catskill Aqueduct. Lake Washington, our original reservoir, is polluted with 12 different toxic PFAS chemicals and the City's filtration system is unable to remove them all. We're holding the polluters accountable for clean-up and seeking a long-term source of clean drinking water.




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. We engage our community in advocating for Newburgh’s long-term access to clean drinking water, timely and comprehensive health resources for those who’ve been affected by PFAS and other contaminants, and the restoration of our watershed— now and for future generations.

We welcome all who've been affected by PFAS contamination and are concerned about the health of our community and clean water security. We are grateful to collaborate with local and regional advocates as well as a national network of frontline communities. Together, we work to hold our government and PFAS manufacturers accountable, share resources, and create equitable solutions for our water—ones that keep our communities healthy and climate-resilient.


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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.