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NYS Budget Includes Historic Funding For The Catskills

Apr 12, 2021
Atop a Catskills Peak
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state budget enacted last week includes a number of environmental investments, including record levels for the Catskills. Nonprofits in the Catskills and other parts of the Hudson Valley praise the legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo for funding a number of environmental initiatives.

Scenic Hudson: Move On From Fossil Fuels

Jan 8, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo has worked hard over the last four years to stop oil and gas infrastructure projects, while the Trump administration promoted pipelines and gutted federal laws aimed at curbing climate change. Now, with a new administration ready to take the reins, Cuomo will have an ally in the White House.

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Environmental advocates from across New York are urging state legislators to preserve environmental funding they say is critical to the state’s economic and health recovery.

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan kayaking
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson/Ned Sullivan

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan about how the nonprofit played a role then and what it’s doing today.

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River PCB Cleanup Analysis

Jan 30, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will work with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate sediment samples from the upper Hudson River. EPA is studying the river and reviewing public input before deciding whether General Electric’s PCB cleanup is complete.

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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is locking horns with the Environmental Protection Agency over dredging and PCB's in the Hudson River.

New Oil Train Rules Elicit Different Concerns

May 4, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued regulations aimed at improving safety for trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials.  The rules come following a number of oil train derailments in the U.S. and the deadly 2013 tragedy in Quebec.

A Champion For The Environment And Peace Dies At 106

Apr 25, 2013

A well-known philanthropist and environmentalist who had a hilltop residence in New York’s Hudson Valley has died. She was also a champion for world peace. 

Kathryn Wasserman Davis died at the age of 106 on Tuesday. She took up both painting and kayaking in her 90s; the latter she sometimes shared with Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan, along the Hudson and other rivers.

Sullivan says he recalls last kayaking with her in the fall, when Davis was 105.

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TARRYTOWN – The state has reached an agreement with environmental groups Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson on permits that will include extensive environmental protective measures and mitigation funding to protect the Hudson River and minimize environmental impacts during construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

As a result, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Wednesday issued an environmental permit containing the protections authorizing the New York State Thruway Authority to proceed with construction.

Alan is joined by three guests to discuss the 50th anniversary of Scenic Hudson, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Hudson River and the Hudson River Valley of New York State: Ned Sullivan is president of Scenic Hudson and has led the organization since 1999. He holds an MBA and master’s in environmental studies from Yale. Steve Rosenberg is the senior vice president of Scenic Hudson and has been with the organization for 22 years. Hayley Carlock, a recent law school graduate, works on the frontlines of the group’s environmental battles.