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Amtrak is back at the drawing board with plans for a fencing project along the Hudson River. Railroad officials say the project is to improve safety and will include preserving public access to the river. Elected officials and environmentalists are concerned about just how much access will be included, and what it will look like.

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The Environmental Protection Agency

Ownership of an access road to the Hudson River PCB cleanup site in Fort Edward is being transferred to a local development agency.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York has donated what is considered to be among the largest and most important natural science collections in the country. The survey data of the Hudson River and its fish specimens were given to the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

From the dinosaurs and the glaciers to the first native peoples and the first European settlers, from Dutch and English Colonial rule to the American Revolution, from the slave society to the Civil War, from the robber barons and bootleggers to the war heroes and the happy rise of craft beer pubs, the Hudson Valley has a deep history.

“The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years” chronicles the Valley’s rich and fascinating history and charms. Often funny, sometimes personal, always entertaining, this collection of essays offers a unique look at the Hudson Valley’s most important and interesting people, places, and events.

"I’m urging the Maritime Administration to expediently review and approve the Port of Albany’s new application for federal funding, to help it set sail towards an even brighter future.” ~ Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Port of Albany Monday to get a firsthand look at improvements. The Democrat pledged to seek more federal money to continue the port’s expansion.

Scenic Hudson Acquires Large Property In Kingston

Oct 31, 2019
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Scenic Hudson has acquired more than 500 acres along the Hudson River, mainly in Kingston. It’s the first step toward providing a public park for urban residents. More than a mile of the land will become part of the Empire State Trail.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Dutchess and Ulster County executives say they will take legal action in support of New York state’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision on General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup. Some cities, towns and villages in the two counties are lending their support as well.

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Elizabeth Hill / WAMC

New York state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. The state threatened the action earlier this year and made it official Wednesday.

View from one of the bridges at the BASF site.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In 2011, BASF opened its environmental education classroom and wildlife habitat at the site of the company’s former manufacturing facility in Rensselaer to the public. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently toured the site.

Courtesy of Carole Blodgett/Water is Life Walk

Carole Blodgett is wrapping up her ninth annual Water is Life Walk, the first to include the Hudson River. Blodgett has been carrying water from the Hudson’s source to New York Harbor, where she’ll empty it into the sea. It’s part of her mission to restore the human-to-water connection. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne caught up with Blodgett toward the end of her walk.

NYS Grants Will Shore Up, Improve Hudson River Access

Jun 29, 2019
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Grants from New York state have been awarded for three projects in Westchester County to enhance access to the lower Hudson River.

The mission of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York is to preserve and interpret the history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, its industries and its communities. They work closely with other organizations such as Clearwater, Riverkeeper, DEC and Scenic Hudson.

This year marks the museum’s 40th anniversary. Lisa Cline is the Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum and she joins us along with Ellie Burhans, the museum’s Development and Communications Manager.

The sloop Clearwater turns 50 on Friday. It was launched on May 17, 1969. Pete Seeger, who founded Clearwater and conceived and help build the sloop, was born May 3, 1919, and centennial celebrations for him are ongoing. Clearwater is calling this its "50/100" anniversary. The anniversary is the subject of a long resolution adopted last week by the NYS Senate and Assembly about Pete's legacy and Clearwater's work.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Saturday, May 18th, Clearwater is holding two public sails on the sloop (11am and 5pm) plus a free dockside event from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at the Ferry Dock in Beacon NY. There will be live music, tours of the sloop, Hudson River fish and invertebrates, banjo crafting and more.

Coming up in June, 50/100 edition of Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival takes place June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park.

Here to celebrate the sloop with us we welcome Betsy Garthwaite, former longtime captain of the Clearwater (also a former chair of Clearwater's board), Manna Jo Greene, Clearwater's environmental director, and Stephen Smith, chair of Clearwater's board.

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Elizabeth Hill / WAMC

Thursday’s decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding General Electric’s cleanup of the Hudson River has drawn strong reaction from politicians and environmentalists, with New York state officials threatening to sue the federal agency.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Thursday, and reports that Assange faces a charge related to a U.S. leak in 2010.

Pete Lopez (file photo)

New York state, the federal government and environmentalists up and down the Hudson have been readying for months for the next chapter of General Electric’s mandated cleanup of the river.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The debate over the future of General Electric’s Hudson River dredging is likely headed to court.

The Hudson River
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a “Certification of Completion of the Remedial Action” to General Electric for the company’s cleanup of PCBs in the upper Hudson River.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make an announcement related to the Hudson River Superfund Cleanup tomorrow morning.

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Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to declare General Electric’s PCB cleanup on the Hudson River complete.

Authorities across NY are watching for icej ams like this one.
WAMC file photo

A hint of spring that has descended on the Northeast has officials monitoring rivers, streams and flood-prone areas.

The "Rusty Anchor" secured at the Port of Albany after it drifted down the Hudson River
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Danger was averted when several unstaffed boats were sent adrift on the ice-packed Hudson River this morning. It was a tense few hours, but no one was injured and authorities have secured all vessels involved.


Update at 10:05 a.m. Friday: Several bridges over the Hudson River near Troy have now been reopened as a number of ships float freely on the Hudson River. The Dunn Memorial, Patroon Island, Congress Street and Menands bridges were all closed at some point this morning. Petty Officer Michael White says the Coast Guard is investigating what caused the ships to break free early Friday. White says there have been no reports of injuries or pollution at this time.

"The Coast Guard cutter Penobscot Bay, a 140-foot ice breaker, and Coast Guard cutter Wire, which is a 65-foot ice breaking tug, have been dispatched and are en route to the scene to assist," White said Friday morning. "An overflight from a Coast Guard aircraft is scheduled to take place to assess the exact positions of the adrift vessels. Two commerical tugs are also responding to assist."

Amtrak says it is still running trains across the Livingston Avenue Bridge over the Hudson River between Albany and Rensselaer as several boats float adrift amid loose ice in the river. An Amtrak spokesman says speed over the bridge is restricted to 10mph and the bridge has not been damaged. Company workers are on the scene inspecting the bridge, part of Amtrak’s Empire Corridor passenger rail line.

NY Study: Upper Hudson Cleanup Incomplete

Dec 20, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River

New York state says General Electric’s cleanup of the upper Hudson River is incomplete. Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a study by the State Department of Environmental Conservation showing GE’s removal of PCB contamination in the river is not protective of public health and the environment.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about updates regarding the General Electric dredging project in the Hudson River. The pair also discuss the federal Equal Rights Amendment. 

Life Along The Hudson

Nov 29, 2018

Pieter Estersohn is a leading photographer of architecture and interiors. His work regularly appears in major shelter magazines, including Architectural Digest, and he has contributed to many interior design and lifestyle books.

His new book is: "Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family." It is a gorgeous over-sized coffee table book that features thirty-six sublime country homes, many overlooking the Hudson River.

This scenic stretch of estates along the Hudson offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design. The edition's thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore, and more. All pair exquisite interiors with expansive lush lawns and riverfront views. Formerly country homes for eighteenth-century landed gentry and nineteenth-century industrialists: the Astors, Chanlers, Chapmans, Delanos, Roosevelts.

Pieter Estersohn will be signing his new book on Saturday, December 8th at noon at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck.

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The Dutchess County executive is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from deeming the upper Hudson River PCB cleanup project complete. General Electric maintains it has done its job.

Frederic Edwin Church, a central figure in a group of artists known as the Hudson River School, became internationally renowned as a painter of monumental landscapes. The spectacular panoramas he painted in the 1840s through 1890s helped shape not only the cultural identity of the United States, but also of himself when he applied his vision as an artist to the house and 250-acre landscape that he named Olana, known today as Olana State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark.

Olana’s designed landscape has been sensitively restored over the last ten years and can now be experienced by visitors very much as Church and his family experienced it in the 19th century. The new book: "Frederic Church’s Olana on the Hudson: Art Landscape Architecture," includes nearly fifty paintings and sketches by Church, alongside gorgeous photography by Larry Lederman and engaging essays by David Schuyler, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Stephen Hannock, and Thomas Woltz and Eleanor Jones Harvey who join us.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a presentation in Poughkeepsie Wednesday to a packed room at a community center. Army Corps officials spoke about six conceptual plans to manage storm risk for an area that includes the Hudson River. Environmental groups are concerned.

From 2001-2010, kayakers from around the world traveled to the Hudson Valley for the Great Hudson River Paddle, hosted by the Hudson River Valley Greenway.

In 2017, Hudson River Valley Greenway was awarded a grant to revive the beloved Paddle. For this year’s excursion, Hudson River Expeditions, a private kayaking adventure operator based in Cold Spring, was chosen to breathe new life into the Paddle over the next three years.

The company plans to relaunch the new Hudson River Paddle with some significant changes including all-inclusive offerings for participants. This year’s paddle takes place August 1-5 and registration is open now.

Brian Grahn is the owner of Hudson River Expeditions.