- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Riverkeeper, protector of the Hudson River for 48 years, is looking to expand its patrols into the Mohawk River.

The nonprofit group’s Riverkeeper boat is a common sight on the Hudson, where Captain John Lipscomb keeps an eye out for illegal dumping and other threats to the river.

Lipscomb tells the Utica Observer-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1rFMTPL ) he’s wanted to take on the Mohawk for years, but his schedule didn’t leave time. But with new staff taking over some of his responsibilities, Lipscomb has squeezed in a couple of Mohawk trips in July and October.

He hopes to generate enough interest and partnerships for him to make more frequent patrols on the Mohawk. And he hopes to find partners to regularly test the river for fecal contamination, something Riverkeeper does on the Hudson.

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