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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Sep 07, 2018 9:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (5:46)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 77 and 80 degrees, slightly warmer than last week.

The BBC reports that a London woman will attempt to ride a stand-up paddle board the length of the Hudson River this week, collecting water samples to test for microplastic levels as she goes. Lizzie Carr, an environmentalist from England said she picked the United States because this country is "one of the world's biggest consumers of single use plastic." The 170-mile trip down the Hudson River should take eight days and starts Sept. 6. Carr previously was the first person to paddle board the length of England by herself in 2016. "This is a man-made problem," she said of all the plastic thrown away in the world. "Eighty percent of marine debris starts from inland sources, including rivers like the Hudson, before it eventually flows out to the ocean.... I want my journey along the Hudson to motivate people to take action, so together, we can make a real difference to resolve the global problem of plastics choking out seas." Read the full story at the BBC website.

Bill Williams is reporting for WCTW, "The Cat," a sailboat, with one man aboard, capsized on the Hudson River, between Tivoli and Saugerties, September 2, just before 12:30 p.m. Firefighters from both sides of the river responded and rescued the man. According to a post on the Tivoli Fire Department Facebook page: "Our boat was in the water within 10 minutes of dispatch and we were able to make a quick recovery and bring him safely to shore. Thank you to Ulster County Sheriff, Columbia County Sheriff, Saugerties F[ire] D[epartment] and NDP [Emergency Medical Services] for their assistance."

Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media reports that several large cooling towers, weighing over one million pounds, made their way down the Hudson River Sept. 4 headed to Bridgeport, Connecticut. The towers, headed to a PSEG power plant there, left the Port of Coeymans and slowly passed Hudson and Catskill traveling at six-and-a-half knots. For Carver Companies in Coeymans it is the fifth trip down the river for cooling towers produced at the Albany County port. The Port of Coeymans can produce such large items because it has so much room for for assembly and shipment. “We have 400 acres for lay-down and deep water docks to unload heavy cargo and we’re accustomed to making heavy things,” Carver Companies Project Manager Josh Kowalski said. Readthe full story at HudsonValley360.com.
William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman the state Department of Environmental Conservation September 5 issued the Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan. The stated intention of the plan is to encourage municipalities, state organizations and environmental groups to work together toward a common goal. Department officials said the 84-page document will serve a resource for information about all river-related projects. “The Hudson River Comprehensive Plan is the first attempt to benchmark restoration progress to date in the Hudson and set long-term goals for its future,” the plan states. The report includes the work by 25 nonprofit groups, 13 state agencies, seven academic programs, 42 municipalities and eight private companies. Scenic Hudson’s Science, Climate and Stewardship director, Nava Tabak, said the report is unique in how widely it explores issues such as habitat damage, threats to population centers, problems stemming from human activities, and matters that arise from broader environmental concerns. Tabak said the report complements other initiatives undertaken by the state but will need to be updated as new impacts on the Hudson River take shape. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.
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