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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Jun 15, 2018 9:55 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 were between 69 and 72 degrees, slightly warmer than last week.

Brian Nearing reports in the Albany Times Union that divers removed a sunken barge from the bottom of the Hudson River at the Port of Coeymans last week. Scuba divers used underwater cutting equipment to get the barge, which sunk there in February while tied up at the port, out of the river, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier. Full of construction and demolition debris, the barge was too heavy to be refloated. Soit was cut up underwater and lifted out in sections. It was owned by Carver Larraway LLC, which also owns the Port of Coeymans. George McHugh, the general counsel to the company said the vessel was leased to a third party, which he would not identify. He also wouldn't say exactly what was on the vessel. John Lipscomb, who operates the Hudson patrol boat for the environmental group Riverkeeper, said that it was important to find out what polluted the Hudson River with the sinking. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.

Alexandra S. Levine reports in The New York Times that the Hudson River is not supposed to be crystal clear. “A lot of people look at the river and talk about it looking dirty, and obviously it’s not like pictures of the Caribbean,” said Nina Hitchings, of the River Project, a New York City group. “There is a lot of algae and phytoplankton and zooplankton in the water column, making this a super productive ecosystem and making this a nursery for fish.... Hundreds of years ago, before many people came, it would’ve been the same color.” June is spawning season in the Hudson River estuary. There are at least 60 species of fish in the River according to the story. The striped bass is the predator at the top of the Hudson River food chain, and the three-spined stickleback, may be the most ferocious fish with three sharp spines beneath its dorsal fin that can be used as a weapon against predators. Read the full story in The New York Times.

News10 in Albany reports that there are now six signs with historical information on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge over the Hudson River. That's part of the Hudson River Skywalk Project, which links the Thomas Cole House National Historic Site in Catskill with the Olana State Historic Site in Greenport. The signs include information about the the Hudson River School of Art, Cole and 19th century painter Frederic Church, who lived at Olana. See more about the signs at the News10 in Albany website.