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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Jun 17, 2017 3:30 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 67 and 74 degrees.

Anthony Fiducia reports in The Daily Mail that the Catskill Village Board voted 3-2 June 14 to adopt a resolution in support of environmental group Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and against proposed federal cuts in funding for river-related projects. The current president has proposed 31 percent cuts to Environmental Protection Agency funding, a 45 percent cut to several water protection programs, elimination of the $427 million funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The resolution opposes those proposed cuts. But two Village trustees -- Stanley Dushane and Heather Bagshaw -- said they voted against the measure because Congress has not yet adopted the president's proposals. James Chewens, Vincent Seeley, and Joseph Kozloski voted for the resolution. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail included a June 14 editorial in favor of someone funding the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. "Strong currents and ice flow in the Hudson River have caused damage to the wood pilings that support the lighthouse, and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society wants to purchase and install riprap — a loose stone foundation — to protect the pilings." Tours of the lighthouse for 2017 begin July 8, and are also held on Aug. 12, Sept. 9, and Oct. 14 with tours departing from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tours depart Athens Village Riverfront Park at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. “What will happen over time is that the lighthouse’s pilings will deteriorate to a point where the lighthouse might lean and it might even fall into the river,” Society President Tom Hoffman told the newspaper. “But we’re looking at many, many years into the future before that happens.” The group needs half a million dollars to make the repairs.

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