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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Dec 09, 2017 10:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (5:19)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island have been between 38 and 41 degrees, about the same as last week.

The Daily Freeman is reporting the Hudson River Watershed Alliance has named Bard College its 2017 Watershed WaveMaker for working to protect, conserve, and restore Hudson River water resources. The alliance cited Bard for its commitment to launching and organizing the Saw Kill Watershed Community to draw attention and awareness to protection of the Saw Kill, the use of the Bard Water Lab to improve understanding of regional water quality issues, implementation of the Hudson River Subwatershed and Tributary Research Network, and the academic excellence demonstrated in the college’s Environmental and Urban Studies Program and Center for Environmental Policy. Bard was the recipient in the institution/government category. The Alliance also honored Michael Hickey, the man who uncovered the PFOA contamination in the village of Hoosick Falls.

HudsonValley360.com reports that there are $55,000 in matching grants available through the 2018 Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant Program from the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. This is an annual grant for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Grants are typically awarded in the range from $1,000 to $5,000. The deadline for application is 4 p.m. Feb. 9, 2018. More information is available at http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/grants. Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.

The Workboat blog reports that Coeymans Marine Towing fleet has added a tug boat. The 82’x32’x10’, 3,350-hp boat is called the Daisy Mae, from Rodriguez Shipbuilding Inc., in Alabama. While it is built for towing boats between the Port of Coeymans and New York City, the first job for the Daisy Mae was heading to Jacksonville, Fla., to assist in a sealift of aid to Puerto Rico. When it comes back from helping with the hurricane recovery, the boat and its three radiophones and satellite phone, will help ships up and down the Hudson River. Read the full story at the Workboat blog.

Environmental Advocates of New York released an update to their 2016 report Tapped Out on Dec. 7. That report showed the New York towns and cities had reported 2,696 sewage overflows between May 2013 and June 2015. The new report says there were 10,687 overflows reported from May 2013 to July 2017. The good news, the report says, is that more municipalities are properly reporting their sewage overflows. The bad news is that were almost 11,000 sewage overflows in the state in the past four years. "Our most recent analysis of the database indicates that there is still significant underreporting of sewage overflow events; however, the database is starting to provide a clearer picture more aligned with actual sewage discharges in New York," the report says. Locally, Catskill, Coxsackie, and Hudson all regularly report sewage discharges into the Hudson River. Read the full Environmental Advocates of New York at this link.
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