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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Oct 13, 2017 9:34 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (4:52)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island have been between 65 and 70 degrees.

Matt Coyne reports for LoHud.com that the demolition of the Tappan Zee Bridge may have leaked creosote in the Hudson River. The Rockland County Sheriff's Office and the Piermont Fire Department reported a sheen on the river near Piermont. Tappan Zee Constructors, the contractor on the project, denies the creosote leakage. "We all had a visual," said Piermont Fire Department Assistant Chief Dan Goswick, "that (creosote) was dripping down the side of the barge into the river." The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says creosote can be harmful to humans exposed to a large amounts. Tappan Zee Constructors Spokesman Damien LaVera said in a statement, “The event, which occurred a month ago, demonstrates the effectiveness of our efforts to protect to river. When first responders reported what appeared to be a sheen stretching from Piermont to the bridge and suggested that it could have been caused by creosote emanating from the site, in an abundance of caution we immediately acted with those agencies to deploy additional containment booms on site and use absorbent material to get whatever was causing the sheen out of the River," the statement read. The full story is available at LoHud.com.

Paul Kirby is reporting in the Daily Freeman that the Albany Times Union reports that the state Department of Environmental Conservation worked with Hudson Valley high school students Oct. 12 in the 15th annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor." Students identified fish caught in the Hudson River, and learned more about the waterway.

The Mid-Hudson News Network reports that 19 Hudson River Estuary projects will share $1,137,113 in funding announced Oct. 12 to improve water quality and habitats, conserve open space, increase storm resiliency, and improve recreational access to the river for people with disabilities. The Upper Hudson Northern Catskill Natural Resource Trust in Greene County gets $35,080 to work with Hudsonia and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene counties for a natural resources inventory of Greene County to guide conservation work county-wide. The town of Hillsdale receives $24,160 to work with a consultant to create a natural resources inventory. Trout Unlimited in Columbia County gets $37,606 for the town of Ancram Road Stream Crossing Replacement Plan. Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson gets $48,720 for a project with the Saw Kill Watershed Community for education about land-use and stream/watershed conditions. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties gets $23,063 to develop a watershed management plan for the Catskill Creek watershed. There were many other grants up and down the river. Read the full story in the Mid-Hudson News Network.

The Mid-Hudson News Network reports in The Daily Freeman that the sidewalk on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge will be closed three times this month for construction. The New York State Bridge Authority has closed it now through 4 p.m. Oct. 13, and will close it 7 a.m. Oct. 16 through 4 p.m. Oct. 20, and 7 a.m. Oct. 23 through 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Construction associated with the Hudson River Skywalk Project is closing the bridge for pedestrians on those days, which could change, depending on the weather. The Hudson River SkyWalk is a $5.4 million pedestrian trail linking the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill to the Olana State Historic Site in the Greenport via a walking lane on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

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