Screening of The Hudson: A River at Risk at the James V. Harmon Community Center on Friday March 24th with filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and a panel of experts. 6:30pm
For many years, the river, like so many waterways, was treated like an infinite waste barrel, a receptacle for poisonous chemicals, hazardous waste, trash of all descriptions. But in the past forty years, thanks to a committed group of environmentalists and their agencies (Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater and more) the river has become markedly cleaner. While the river is still an under-utilized natural resource, increasingly it is used by boaters, kayakers, even swimmers as a recreational playground.
But the river, in the words of Riverkeeper’s John Lipscomb, has “had a foot on its neck” for more than one hundred years and still today, despite the efforts to clean it up, there are environmental risks and concerns. Our newest concern for the River’s well-being is the proposal by the US Coast Guard to add dozens of new permanent anchorages along the Hudson, 16 of them between Yonkers and Dobbs Ferry. The main cargo for these barges appears to be oil bound for US export.