Wednesday, March 7, 2018



Hudson River anchorages decision expected shortly

POUGHKEEPSIE – A Coast Guard report on the Hudson River navigation, safety, protection of natural resource, community assets and regional economies is expected soon.

The agency conducted a Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment review following a groundswell of opposition to an industry request to allow 43 industrial barge anchorages between Yonkers and Kingston.

Two workshops were held and Hayley Carlock, Scenic Hudson’s director of environmental advocacy, said there was no consensus for additional anchorages.

“There were other things discussed like creating a harbor management committee, improving a navigational information available to mariners, extending vessel traffic service, things like that, but there was no consensus that there was a need for new anchorages on the Hudson River and it is our hope and our expectation that the final report from the Coast Guard reflects what the consensus was at the workshops,” Carlock said.

Environmentalists and area residents have spoken out against additional anchorages maintaining they risk polluting the river and will ruin the economies of riverfront communities.


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