ALBANY – The US Coast Guard issued its report on the Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment on Tuesday and determined that allowing additional commercial anchorages on the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston was not an agreed upon recommendation to come from two workshops and it did not include a recommendation to allow additional anchorages.
Scenic Hudson, which was among the leaders in opposing the new barge sites, stated that “While the Coast Guard is not moving forward with new anchorage regulations at this time, the report states that decisions have not been made on whether the Coast Guard will continue to push forward the ill-conceived anchorages proposal in the future.”
The environmental organization said that “Safety on the river can be created without anchorages that would damage the Hudson’s natural resources, community assets and regional economies.”
Manna Jo Greene of Clearwater said her organization believes the Coast Guard is using a “very fair” process and they are listening carefully.
“We are very pleased with the creation of a harbor safety committee for the Hudson River,” Greene said. “There has been one already for the New York City-New Jersey part of the harbor but this will now engage key stakeholders along the entire Hudson River.”
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18), who pushed to block the anchorages last year, said he will watch the current situation “like a hawk – and I won’t let up until we’re certain that the river is safe from new anchorages.”