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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Apr 28, 2018 4:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (4:09)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 45 and 51 degrees, much warmer than last week.

Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media residents, environmental advocates and politicians rallied April 22, at Ernest R. Lasher Memorial Park in Germantown in opposition to the Amtrak proposal to build 8,600 feet of fencing in Columbia and Duchess counties, thereby preventing access to the Hudson River. The towns of Germantown, Stockport and Stuyvesant in Columbia County, and Rhinebeck and Tivoli in Dutchess County, would be impacted by the plan. Protesters carried signs at the rally with messages such as “Stop the fence” and “No fences, no gates, no wall.” The Germantown Waterfront Advisory Committee has found that Amtrak’s proposal is not consistent with the state’s Coastal Management Plan and the gates are unnecessary. The committee chair, Jennifer Crawford said, “I want the train to be here, but I want the train to let me be here as well. CSX tried to block us from this land as recently as 2001, but we rallied and the gates came down.” Republican state Sen. Kathy Marchione attended the rally and called the proposal misguided and ill-conceived. The project will impede first responders from doing their jobs in a timely manner, she added. Marchione also said she will express her opposition directly to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Assembly member Didi Barrett, a Democrat, said local voices deserve to be heard, and a public meeting between residents and Amtrak representatives should be held. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

David Figura at New York Upstate reports that striped bass are starting to bite on the Hudson River this week with warmer temperatures. Local fisherpeople are reporting the presence of herring in the river, which stripers eat. Capt. Bob Trenz, of Off the Charters boat service in Newburgh, said his clients are catching the smaller "schoolies" in the river using blood worms, including one 30-incher this week. Tom Gentalen, of River Basin Sports in Catskill, says warm water from the river's tributaries is flowing into the Hudson River. "Right now, the water temperatures between the Albany (area) and the lower river is almost equalized," Gentalen said. Once that happens, he added, "the fish won't show any hesitation." He also wrote on his website, "Now we are seeing three-foot-long fish being taken along the entire waterway." Read the full story at New York Upstate.

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