DEC wants drinking water protection plan before it will allow dredging

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas and Electric is continuing to mobilize for the dredging of the Hudson River off Poughkeepsie to rid the river bottom of coal tar from a former manufactured gas plant, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation will not let the company dredge just yet.

The DEC says they are waiting for Central Hudson to provide a Water Supply Protection Plan acceptable to all parties.

The City and Town of Poughkeepsie draw their drinking water from the Hudson and process it through a treatment plant.

The state agency said it has been working with state and county health departments, the city/town Joint Water Board, including their recently hired technical expert, and the filtration plant operator to develop enhanced measures to prevent releases from the dredge area, as well as protections for the water plant intake.

Central Hudson has completed the majority of the remediation work on the landside of the shoreline.