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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

May 26, 2018 9:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (5:04)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 62 and 66 degrees, slightly warmer than last week.

The Albany Times Union reports that the body of a 55-year old Robert Busch was pulled from the Hudson River May 19 in Albany south of the Corning Preserve Waterfront. The man was last seen May 11 and was reported missing on May 13. Police determined there was no foul play or criminal act involved in the death. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.

Brian Hubert in The Daily Freeman reports that the sail-powered schooner the Apollonia will soon begin to transport cargo on the Hudson River. The 65-foot long Apollonia is now docked at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. But in June it will begin to sail as far north as Albany, and as far south as New York City moving cargo and providing educational programs and social community interaction. “It’s not just about moving something from one point to another,” said Jason Marlow, who helms the project. “But it’s about interconnecting the towns with events and also just engagements through education and whatever programming we can think of to encourage not only river activities but also other people to consider sail cargo as a potential business as well. Not everything has to move at 65 mph.”

David Figura in New York Upstate reports that the higher water temperatures in the Hudson River are slowing the striped bass action. The adult females are laying their eggs right now "and things should shut down for a few days," said Kevin Ryan, of the Hudson River Bait and Tackle store in Rensselaer. "After that (the bite) should come back on for 3-4 days, and that will be it. It's getting close to the bitter end," he said. Capt Richard Booth, of Reel Adventure Charters in Catskill agrees. "My read on the season is that we are at the end. With water temps in the 60's the fish will be returning to the ocean and their summer haunts. Not strong through Memorial Day weekend, in fact we are seeing a lot of males and much smaller fish as of this date and fewer fish. It is slacking off right now. There are exceptions to this, but it is over for us you might get an occasional fish but nothing like it has been when water temps were lower. In fact the bait (herring) will be gone, and that signals the end of another season on the Hudson," he said. read the full story in New York Upstate.

• The City of Hudson Wastewater Treatment Facility released a 20-hour combined sewer overflow on May 19. The sewage overflow was 50 gallons per minute.
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