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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Sep 23, 2017 10:35 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report.

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island have been between 70 and 75 degrees.

The Mid-Hudson News Network reported that on Sept. 18, local officials gathered on the east shore of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, asking the Environmental Protection Agency to complete a comprehensive cleanup of the PCBs in the waterway. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, "this is about jobs but also our vitality, because PCBs in the Hudson pose a health threat to people living in riverfront communities. For seventy years, the economic, recreational, cultural, and scenic resources - public resources - of the Hudson River have been damaged by this pollution." Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan said he does not believe the EPA about its claim that the current remediation efforts will make eating fish from the river safe in approximately 53 years. Read the full story in The Mid-Hudson News Network.

Robin Pogrebin and Charles V. Bagisept report in The New York Times that while Barry Diller's proposed floating park in the Hudson River is now a sunken idea, the Whitney Museum of American Art wants to launch a permanent art installation on land and water in the river by the prominent artist David Hammons. It would be located near the Whitney's meatpacking district location, but the institution is dampening expectations, as word leaked early. “David Hammons’s concept for a public art installation at the edge of Gansevoort Peninsula is something that we’re very excited about,” Adam Weinberg, the Whitney’s director, said. “We’re extremely mindful of environmental and community sensitivity,” Mr. Weinberg added. “We followed everything that happened to Pier 55,” the Hudson River site of Diller’s proposed park. Little is known yet about the installation, but the Times says they were told it will be a ghostlike image of the original Pier 52 building on that site. Read the full story in The New York Times.

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