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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Oct 28, 2017 8:34 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (4:01)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island have been between 59 and 63 degrees.

Brian Nearing is reporting in the Times Union a new state law gives the state Department of Environmental Conservation additional powers to weigh the potential environmental and waterfront impacts of transporting petroleum on state waterways like the Hudson River. The law also gives the DEC the ability to ban tanker storage from certain areas. The law, signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Oct. 24, drew support from the environmental groups and elected officials who opposed a plan to store up to 43 barges at anchor along 70 miles of the Hudson between Kingston and Yonkers. Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan praised the new law and called on the DEC to its part by issuing regulations to protect the river. Under the new law, the DEC could create anti-tanker zones based on various factors including navigational hazards; environmental conditions;  presence of aquatic and wildlife habitats; proximity to waterfront communities; and, federally or state identified environmental remediation sites. Read the full story in the Times Union.

Glenn Blain reports in The New York Daily News that the plan for a $250 million park in the Hudson River from billionaire Barry Diller is back on, after help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I have spoken to the parties involved in the lawsuit against Pier 55 and expressed my belief that cooperative efforts to complete the overall park are more constructive than litigation and stalemate,” Cuomo said in a statement Oct. 25. Diller said he would “make one last attempt” to construct the 2.7 acre floating park off Manhattan.

Thomas C. Zambito reports for LoHud.com that the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater environmental group is getting a $15,000 grant to teach children about science and policy from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Clearwater's Estuary Education Initiative teaches a science-based curriculum for school-age children about the links between scientific research and environmental policy. "As grassroots educators and storytellers we are in a unique position to tell the story of how partners, including Rockefeller Brothers Fund, have worked together to create a sustainable Hudson Valley," said Wren Longno, Clearwater's director of development.

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