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DEC releases Hudson River plan

Sep 06, 2018 7:30 am
William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman the state Department of Environmental Conservation September 5 issued the Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan. The stated intention of the plan is to encourage municipalities, state organizations and environmental groups to work together toward a common goal. Department officials said the 84-page document will serve a resource for information about all river-related projects. “The Hudson River Comprehensive Plan is the first attempt to benchmark restoration progress to date in the Hudson and set long-term goals for its future,” the plan states. The report includes the work by 25 nonprofit groups, 13 state agencies, seven academic programs, 42 municipalities and eight private companies. Scenic Hudson’s Science, Climate and Stewardship director, Nava Tabak, said the report is unique in how widely it explores issues such as habitat damage, threats to population centers, problems stemming from human activities, and matters that arise from broader environmental concerns. Tabak said the report complements other initiatives undertaken by the state but will need to be updated as new impacts on the Hudson River take shape. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.