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Hudson River

Review of: Hudson River
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David Clarke - Gale, Cengage Learning

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On August 8, 2017
Last modified:August 8, 2017


Hudson River Facts.

Hudson River Facts and Guide

Beginning at Lake Tear of the Clouds, a two-acre (0.8-ha) pond at New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the Hudson River runs 315 miles (507 km) into the Battery on Manhattan Island’s southern tip, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Although polluted and extensively dammed for hydroelectric power, the river still comprises an abundance of aquatic species, such as large sea sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus) and short-nosed sturgeon (A. brevirostrum).

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The Hudson is trout stream, but under the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the water is degraded by pollution from sources, paper companies, and businesses. Stretches of the upper Hudson contain so-called hot water fish, such as northern pike (Esox lucius), chain pickerel (E. niger), smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui), and largemouth bass (M. salmoides). These two fish drifted into the-Hudson throughout Lake Champlain and the Lake Erie canals, which have been finished in the twentieth century.

The Catskill Mountains dominate the area, which is full of wildlife and fish, though a source of runoff pollution, Page 871 dairy farming, is dominant in the area. American shad (Alosa sapidissima), historically the Hudson’s most important commercial fish, spawn on the river flats between Kingston and Coxsackie. Marshes in this area support snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) and, in the winter, muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) and mink (Mustela vison). Water chestnuts (Trapa natans) grow luxuriantly in this section of this river.

Bordered by hills and deep, the Hudson looks like a fiord. The unusually deep lower river makes it convenient for navigation by ocean-going vessels for 150 miles (241 km) upriver to Albany. Since the surface altitude of the river doesn’t fall between Albany and Manhattan, the effects of the sea are felt all the way upriver. These strong tides make long stretches of the lower Hudson saline or saline, with salt water penetrating as large as 60 miles (97 kilometres) upstream from the Battery.

The Hudson contains some species. Within a dozen, oaks thrive along its banks, such as red oaks (Quercus rubra), black oaks (Q. velutina), pin oaks (Q. palustris), and rock chestnut (Q. prinus). Several other trees also abound, from mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) and red pine (Pinus resinosa) to flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), together with a vast array of small herbaceous plants.

The Hudson River is short. Over eighty rivers are it, but it plays a significant role in the economy and ecology of New York. The discharge of municipal and industrial waste, in addition to pesticides, has caused Pollution risks to the river.

From 1930 to 1975, one chemical company on the lake manufactured approximately 1.4 billion pounds (635,000 pounds) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and an estimated 10 million pounds (4.5 million kg) annually entered the surroundings. In all, a total of 1.3 million pounds (590,000 kg) of PCB contamination allegedly happened during the years before the ban, with all the contamination originating from plants in Ford Edward and Hudson Falls.

There has been A ban put in place for a time forbidding the possession, removal, and ingestion of fish in the Hudson River’s waters. A proposed cleanup was designated, to move by way of a 40-mile (64.4-km) dredging and sifting of 2.65 million cubic meters (202607037 m3) of sediment north of Albany, with an estimated yield of 75 tons (68 metric tons) of PCBs.

In February of 2001 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), having invoked the Superfund law, demanded the chemical business to start planning the cleanup. The company was given a few weeks to present a workable plan of attack, or else face a possible $1.5 billion penalty for ignoring the directive instead of the cost of cleanup. The cleanup cost has been introduced as the choice.

The engineering phase of the cleanup project was anticipated to take three decades of preparation and was to be scheduled following an answer filed to the EPA. The business responded over the allotted period to be able to placate the EPA, even though the particulars of a drafted work plan remained undetermined, and the company refused to withdraw a lawsuit filed in November of 2000, which challenged the constitutionality of the so-called Superfund legislation that allowed the EPA to take action.

One watchdog group since the most endangered in the United States due to the PCB contamination meanwhile rated the river. Groups demanded that attention is paid to the issues of urban sprawl, noise, and pollution, while industrialists endorsed suggestions for projects as a way of spurring the market of the area.

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One of these industrial projects: the construction of a cement plant in Catskill where there’s easy access to a limestone quarry; and the development of a power plant across the river in Athens, which generated controversy, stemming from the mechanical advantage afforded by development along the river versus the benefits of a less-fouled atmosphere.

The power plant, which threatened to purify contamination and to include four smokestacks, was viewed as harmful to tourism in that region. Also lately, chlorinated hydrocarbons, dieldrin, endrin, DDT, and other pollutants have been linked to the decline in populations of the formerly standard Jefferson salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum), fish hawk (Pandion haliaetus), and bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

The environmental state of the Hudson River from the 1960s prompted activist and singer Pete Seeger. An important facet of these groups was the Clearwater’s building. The efforts of the team helped galvanise resolve to clean the river up.