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"The Daily Gazette" featured Professor John Cronin in "Original Riverkeeper Paying Visit to Schoharie"

08/20/2018

"The Daily Gazette" featured Professor John Cronin in "Original Riverkeeper Paying Visit to Schoharie"

When John Cronin, the original Riverkeeper, jumped into his custom-built, 26-foot boat back in 1983 and began looking for polluters on the Hudson River, he wasn't convinced his actions were practical, and he wondered just how much impact he might actually have.

"There wasn't a little voice in the back of my mind, asking me what I was doing," remembers Cronin. "It was a big voice, shouting at me, 'what the heck are you doing?' I was hoping to make a difference, but I didn't know what I was doing. I was in a position that had been created by a bunch of fisherman. I had no real authority to do anything."

Thirty-five years later, Cronin is a Senior Fellow at the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University on the Hudson River just north of White Plains. His connection to the river and his advocacy for our environment goes back to 1973 when he met Pete Seeger in Beacon on the western shore of the Hudson. Cronin's long battle to protect the environment and New York's waterways, and his close connection to Seeger, the legendary folksinger and activist, will all be part of the discussion when he delivers the keynote address at "Writing the Watershed," a literary arts festival being held Friday through Sunday at the Schoharie River Center at 2025 Burtonville Road in the Montgomery County town of Charleston.

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