What it’s all about

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a proposal to establish ten new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston, New York.

The proposal comes at the request of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, which represents various interests in the shipping and petroleum industries. The Association says that more anchorage grounds will improve navigation safety along portions of the Hudson River where there are currently few or no anchorages.

In its letter to the Coast Guard, the Association points out that barge traffic “has increased dramatically” over the past few years — due largely to the influx of fracking oil arriving by rail at the Port of Albany — and this traffic will increase “significantly over the next few years” due to the recent lifting of the ban on exporting crude oil.

Opponents of the proposal argue that the anchorages, which provide 42 long-term mooring berths (and one short-term), will turn into parking lots for barges, facilitate more commercial traffic, and “reindustrialize” the Hudson.

The barges pollute the river with their noisy generators and “stadium” lighting, and their anchors drag on the river bottom, which damages the habitats of endangered fish species.  An increase in commercial traffic also puts recreational boaters in danger.  Most worrisome of all is that more oil barges on the Hudson will increase the risks of a catastrophic spill.

The Coast Guard is seeking public comments and information about the operational need for new anchorage grounds, what form possible regulations should take, and the potential impacts on riverside communities. Everyone is encouraged to file comments with the Coast Guard, which has extended the deadline from Sept. 7 to Dec. 6, 2016.

Hastings-on-Hudson screening of The Hudson, A River at Risk


When: Friday, March 24th, 6:30pm–9pm
Where: James Harmon Community Center, 44 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson

Screening of “The Hudson: River at Risk” begins at 7 pm.  Come at 6:30 to browse materials on environmental issues and chat with fellow residents. Following the screening, join a community conversation on environmental stewardship with a panel discussion and Q&A.

The Panel:
Jon Bowermaster, President, Oceans 8 Films and One Ocean Media Foundation
Erin Doran, Staff Attorney, Riverkeeper
Audrey Friedrichsen, Land Use and Environmental Advocacy Attorney, Scenic Hudson
Paul Harris, President, Paul Harris Development

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HudsonRiverAnchorages.org serves as a clearinghouse of articles, reports, and information related to the proposal to create new anchorages on the Hudson River  The site is a project of Steve Hutkins, a Rhinecliff resident who teaches at NYU.  He also administers Save the Post Office and Voting By Mail.

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