Tidal wetlands are among the most productive and protective ecosystems on the planet. Unfortunately, they’re also among the most fragile. For centuries they were considered wastelands—a hindrance to progress and ripe for exploitation. It’s been estimated that since European settlement, half of the wetlands in the continental U.S. have been drained, filled or irreparably damaged.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to sign off on General Electric’s cleanup of toxic PCBs it dumped in the Hudson River—despite the project’s failure to meet its goals to protect human health and the environment. The fact is that at this point the cleanup won’t fix this environmental and public health disaster. There is still enough of the chemical mess left in the upriver area to classify 200 miles of the Hudson as one of the nation’s most contaminated sites.
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During his five years in office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spearheaded remarkable environmental achievements.
In this commentary—featured on www.midhudsonnews.com in May of 2016—Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan shares the details of a recent Scenic Hudson study that outlines a roadmap for protecting tidal wetlands in the Hudson River estuary.