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Retrieving buoys reminds us of our river's timeless pace

Dec 02, 2010 10:42 am
We like Mid-Hudson News Network's story today about the Coast Guard starting to pull its buoys out of the Hudson River... a "seasonal retrieval of navigation aids that guide mariners" that happens due to "decreased vessel traffic and to minimize damage from ice and severe winter weather." It's all handled by the 49-foot vessel BUSL, commanded by BMC Christopher Sheppard, which started its slow-paced job pulling the agency's 90 to 100 navigational aids in early September and replacing them with "winter can and nun buoys as far north as Troy" by late December. "When the river freezes, the Coast Guard use icebreaker vessels to keep a channel open for commercial boat traffic," the piece concludes. Talk about reminding us all of the constant lyricism the Hudson provides us all, no matter the political shenanigans and other news that transpires along its banks, and far inland... or the re-occuring flooding.

For full story click HERE...
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