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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Jun 29, 2018 9:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (4:59)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 73 and 76 degrees, slightly warmer than last week.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation has more than $1 million in grants for local communities to address the Hudson River Estuary. Most of the funding is to provide new or improved accessibility at new or existing access sites for boating, fishing, swimming and wildlife-dependent recreation along the Hudson River. There is also a bit of money for education about the estuaries. New York communities can apply for the “River Education” and “River Access” online through the NYS Grants Gateway website with an Aug. 22 deadline.

Rochel Leah Goldblatt reports at lohud.com about Walter Garschagen who helps stranded boaters on the Hudson River between the George Washington and Newburgh-Beacon bridges. For 11 years the now 52-year-old Garschagen has sailed the Hudson as the captain and owner of Sea Tow Central Hudson, a marine service that provides towing, battery jumps, and fuel to troubled boaters on the Hudson. “You break down ... and we’ll come and get you," he said. “It’s all part of our service. We help you out when you’re in a pickle. The engine won’t start? We’ll zip out and come and grab you and bring you back.” Boaters subscribe to his service, and then he comes if they are in need. "I see it much more as sort of a boating advocate," Garschagen said. "You'll get people interested in (it), make them lifelong boaters. It just takes an edge off for people to know that we're out there." Read the full story at lohud.com.

Ben Axelson reports at New York Upstate that amputee Dillon Wilson lost his prosthetic leg in the Hudson River while he was jet skiing last week. The prosthetic leg cost $127,000, and Wilson lost his leg to an infection in 2015. "It was like at one time I saw my life fall apart and this was the second time because I knew once it was gone I wouldn't be able to get another one," Wilson told WNYT-TV. So he called emergency responders and waited. The Corinth Fire department soon arrived near Spier Falls. "We were basically told where it was dropped off, we dove there on several occassions to train and we thought we had a chance," Chief Andy Kelley of Corinth Fire Department told the station. The firefighters could not find the leg, but, three days later, with the assistance of Hadley-Luzerne Fire, ROG Scuba, Kraken Scuba, and Water Horse Adventures they found the leg on the riverbed, about 15 feet below. "It was the first leg I've gotten and it was the only one I was going to get, so I'm very fortunate they found it" a relieved Wilson told WNYT.
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