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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Aug 17, 2018 9:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (3:46)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 76 and 80 degrees, slightly cooler than last week.

William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman that Rhinebeck officials added time to comment on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposals to create tide-controlling barriers in New York Harbor. They are trying to prevent storm surges in New York City, but environmental advocates warn about impacts up the Hudson River. Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia said at a Rhinebeck town meeting Aug. 13 that, “We need to know what the ramifications are and we need more public input.... Some of storm barriers could cut off the tidal flow of our river, and that would be devastating. The river would die. It’s a tidal river.” Currently there is an Aug. 20 deadline for comments on the proposals. Written comments should be sent to NYNJHarbor.TribStudy@usace.army.mil. They also can be sent by postal mail to Nancy Brighton, Watershed Section, Environmental Analysis Branch Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 2151, New York, N.Y. 10279-0090. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

Christopher J. Eberhart in lohud.com reports that the Department of Environmental Conservation held its seventh annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count Aug. 11 along the Hudson River. At the Piermont Pier, just south of Nyack, ten young children found mummichogs, Atlantic silversides, and comb jellies, according to Margie Turrin, an education coordinator at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The group was teaching children about the fish that they caught during the count. "We're really all about engaging people with what's in the river and helping them understand that there are fish in that water, even though you can't see them," Turrin said. "We think the more people that get involved with something that's right in their backyards and see the beauty of the Hudson River, the more likely they are to take care of it." Scientists believe there are more than 200 fish species in the Hudson, and counters collect fish using seine nets, minnow traps, or rods and reels. More than 1,400 fish that were caught at the count this year. Read the full story in lohud.com.

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