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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Jul 20, 2018 9:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (5:09)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 79 and 84 degrees, about the same as last week.

Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a new site at the Platte Clove Preserve in Hunter has been added to the Hudson River School Art Trail. The trail maps the painting sites of famed American artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford and Asher B. Durand. The trail currently has 17 stops scattered throughout the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains, and the inclusion of the 200-acre Platte Clove site has been in the works for more than a year. “Platte Clove was one of the areas the Hudson River School painters painted,” Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman said. “This is a vista that’s reminiscent of the paintings. It felt like the right spot.” A new kiosk with information about the site that showcases Durand's paintings, and allowing visitors to compare the paintings to the landscape has been built. Cole once wrote a letter to New York Evening Post editor William Cullen Bryant describing Platte Clove as a delicate morsel. Senterman declined to reveal the costs associated with the trail. Catskill Center staff hope the new designation will help visitors see the clove, which is almost completely protected by the state, Senterman said. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new site will be held July 18. The event is expected to be attended by Assemblymember Chris Tague and Hunter Town Supervisor Daryl Legg, Thomas Cole National Historic Site External Relations Director Jennifer Greim said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

Richard Moody Columbia-Greene Media reports that the Hudson River Valley Greenway is accepting public comments about its proposed Albany-Hudson Electric Trail project through Aug. 16. The trail will run the towns of Chatham, Stuyvesant, Greenport, Stockport, and Kinderhook, and the final environmental review of the project is available through any of those town clerks. The group predicts the 36-mile route will attrack 490,000 visitors annually, with two-thirds pedestrians and another third on bicycles. Annual visitors by locality include 68,827 in Chatham, 82,395 in Kinderhook, 35,119 in Stuyvesant, 65,428 in Stockport, and 49,947 in Greenport. Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.

Ryan Santistevan reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal that 115,100 gallons of untreated waste spilled into the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie on July 17. One spill lasted for approximately 25 minutes and another for approximately an hour, according to state alerts. On July 14, about 344,400 gallons of untreated waste also spilled into the river at the same location. Read the full story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

WNYT reports that scientists are launching a small floating island in the Hudson River this week, in hopes to clean up sewage overflows. The artificial floating island will set out near Island Creek Park in Albany. The "island" is really a floating raft with solar power that is set to oxygenate the water, with the "roots" on the island attracting microbes and bacteria to help break down sewage overflows. A $5,000 state grant is helping to fund the experiment. Read the full story at WNYT.

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