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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Aug 05, 2017 9:33 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report.

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island have been between 73 and 78 degrees.

Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the state Department of Transportation has issued a stop-work order on a project along the Hudson waterfront. Contractors have been clearing vegetation along the rock escarpment in anticipation of covering it in shotcrete. The cliff face was earmarked to be covered in the liquid cement to prevent loose rocks from falling onto the railroad tracks immediately below. The decision to halt the work was made after concerns about the impacts of changing the cliff would have on the nearby historic district and waterfront aesthetic were voiced by residents, the mayor and the environmental advocacy group Scenic Hudson. The spraying of shotcrete was scheduled to begin Aug. 7, but a meeting has now been scheduled for later this week that may delay the process, Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton said. “Our goal is to ensure that a proper review is conducted, and alternatives examined, so that the problem can be addressed in a manner that minimizes impacts on the historic district, the city waterfront and Hudson River,” said Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Port of Coeymans is scheduled to move a 4,000-ton heat recovery steam generator from the port onto a barge, Tue., Aug. 2. The heating structure will then be transported south on the Hudson River to a power plant in Sewaren, New Jersey. This is the first time a structure of this size has been built off-site and then transported, and it is the largest project of this size in the United States. The parts for the 8-million-pound generator were shipped to the port in November 2016, and workers have been putting it together 24 hours a day, six days a week, ever since. The structure will be welded onto the deck of a barge 100 feet wide and 400 feet long, and then pulled by three tugboats down the river. The barge will leave Coeymans Mon., Aug. 7. The trip to New Jersey is expected to take 24 hours. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hosts the sixth annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count Saturday with local fish counters in Coxsackie, Staatsburg, and Castleton-on-Hudson. The public is invited to count the more than 200 fish species that live in or visit the Hudson River. Volunteers collect fish using seine nets, minnow traps, or rods and reels, count them, and release them. Local sites include:
• Staatsburg in Dutchess County at Norrie Point. 10 a.m.-noon; seining next to Environmental Center; Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve Kingston Kingston Point Beach: 5 p.m.; seining; Hudson River Estuary Program.
• Coxsackie at Riverfront Park. 10 a.m.-noon; seining at Riverside Festival, near boat launch; Hudson River Estuary Program /Capital District Marine Aquarists Society.
• Castleton-on-Hudson at Schodack Island State Park. 10 a.m.-noon; seining at boat launch; River Haggie Outdoors/Rensselaer Land Trust.

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