A Healthy Hudson Matters in Your Life

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson

New EPA head says river needs a fix—film series highlights how you can help

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to compel polluter General Electric to remove toxins that still contaminate the Hudson River and its fish. GE cleaned up some of the PCBs, but the job isn’t finished—and getting it right is essential for restoring public health and jobs. We’re still not able to enjoy the river safely for things like fishing and swimming, and the pollution continues to impede economic opportunities.

Scott Pruitt, the newly named EPA administrator, was quoted in a Feb. 17 Wall Street Journal interview as supportive of the EPA cleaning up toxic pollution in the nation’s waterways. “We’ve got 1,300 Superfund sites and some of them have been on the list for more than three decades.”

Most significantly, Administrator Pruitt added, “Think about how tangible it would be to the citizens along the Hudson River, to fix that problem.”

Come learn how we can build momentum behind this significant statement.

Attend a screening of a powerful film on the Hudson River PCB contamination and other short Hudson documentaries.

This is a great way to get informed and motivated to be active in ongoing efforts to heal and protect our beloved Hudson. The short documentaries are part of the series, The Hudson: A River at Risk by acclaimed filmmaker Jon Bowermaster (@jonbowermaster), a six-time National Geographic grant recipient and valley resident.

Scenic Hudson expert staff will be on hand to share information and answer questions at these screenings:

  • Wednesday, March 29—Vassar College and The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, Poughkeepsie (Dutchess).
  • Friday, March 24—James V. Harmon Community Center, Hastings-on-Hudson (Westchester)
  • Thursday, April 6—Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Yonkers (Westchester)