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Indian Mortar Stone Fishkill Ridge Community Heritage recognizes the importance of keeping certain issues in front of our elected officials and neighbors. Issues that effect our day-to-day living, and the future living of our children.

One of the best ways to do this is writing letters to the editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, New York Times, Southern Dutchess News, or The Putnam County News and Recorder. We encourage you to add your voice to those already speaking out to preserve our community’s heritage in and around Fishkill Ridge.

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Our site map is divided into two pages. Please visit our Links Page for more information on organizations and community activities in the Hudson Valley, and our Archives page for information regarding issues and activities previously highlighted on the FRCH website.


Historically Speaking, By Malcolm Mills, Director, East Fishkill Historical Society

We think of skyscraper buildings as being the ultimate of architectural prowess, but these lofty twentieth century structures do not compare with beauty and grandeur of old churches. Religious structures also have romantic sounding features, such as flying buttresses, Norman arches, twisted spires, whispering gallery and gargoyles not found in modern towers. Read more…


Water as a Human Right

Bonn, Germany, 15 July 2004 (IUCN) The call to declare water a human right has been growing over the years. Until now, the content and scope of a right to water has not been clearly defined in international law and has not been explicitly recognised as a fundamental human right. Read article…

Water as a Human Right This is a PDF publication writen by John Scanlon, Angela Cassar, and Noémi Nemes.

Earthjustice has worked extensively with the United Nations to establish and protect the right to a healthy environment as a basic human right.

NEW: Read what the Dutchess County Board of Health has to say about mandatory well testing in Dutchess County…


Water, and Competing Rural Interests, Everywhere

New York Times article; Far from its skyscrapers and subways, the city has begun leasing hundreds of acres of farmland and forests around its drinking water reservoirs in the Catskills and the Hudson Valley for traditional rural uses. City officials are even considering marketing a line of maple candies, with the label "made in the New York City watershed." Read more...


Dead Zones

Forty-three of the world’s 146 known dead zones occur in U.S. coastal waters. The largest dead zone is in the Baltic Sea.

The second largest is in the Gulf of Mexico, encompassing a 5,800 square mile area that varies in size, at times approaching the size of the State of New Jersey which covers an area of 8,722 square miles.

The dead zone leaves in its wake water that is so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it, reports Reuters.  Pollution, especially the increased use of nitrate-based fertilizers  by farmers in the Mississippi watershed, is to blame. The nitrates  feed algae blooms that use up oxygen and make the water uninhabitable. Read more...