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Scenic Hudson Protects Acreage In Columbia County

May 7, 2016
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An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has protected a wildlife habitat in Columbia County. 

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General Electric says it has completed its sixth and final year of dredging sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper Hudson River.

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Growing demand for electricity in Westchester and New York City is having an impact on some Hudson Valley counties. Some power proposals are being reconsidered.

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The Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition has been given the opportunity argue their case that proposed high voltage power line expansion in the region is unnecessary, Among their concerns: the view.

New Oil Train Rules Elicit Different Concerns

May 4, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued regulations aimed at improving safety for trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials.  The rules come following a number of oil train derailments in the U.S. and the deadly 2013 tragedy in Quebec.

Scenic Hudson Protects 590 Acres Along The Hudson

Apr 29, 2015
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A Poughkeepsie, New York-based environmental group has protected nearly 600 acres along the Hudson River in Columbia County.

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Arguing "it's now or never for the Hudson River and communities up and down its shores," activists gathered along the riverbank in Green Island today to urge General Electric to meet responsibilities beyond the current EPA-mandated PCB cleanup.

GE is slated to complete an EPA-ordered cleanup as early as this summer, one environmentalists say will leave behind millions of pounds of health-threatening PCB-contaminated sediments both north and south of the Federal Dam in Troy.

Groups Protect Farmland In Columbia County

Feb 16, 2015
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Environmental and land conservation groups have protected more than 180 acres of farmland in Columbia County.

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There have been many suggestions recently about how New York should spend the $5 billion windfall it gained from legal settlements from banks and other financial institutions stemming from the financial meltdown of 2009. The majority seem to favor using the money the money to build and repair the infrastructure, New York's roads and bridges. But Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, says at least half of the windfall should go to the state's environmental infrastructure.

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Environmental organization Scenic Hudson has struck a land deal that enabled a group of young farmers to purchase land. The deal also protects a Hudson River tributary, buffers a public water supply, and protects views.

Scenic Hudson Preserves Acreage In Ulster County

Nov 17, 2014
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An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has struck a land deal that protects nearly 40 acres in Ulster County.

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Two environmental groups will be in Rockland County Monday evening to talk about risks from crude oil transport through the Hudson Valley.

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A task force that has been looking at ways to prevent flooding in a Greene County village will present its recommendations at a public meeting tonight.

Scenic Hudson Preserves Land In Ulster County

Jun 18, 2014
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An environmental group has ensured the protection of 80 acres of land in New York’s Ulster County. It’s part of the group’s Save the Land That Matters Most campaign.

Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson has acquired a conservation easement ensuring the permanent protection of 80 acres of farm fields and woods in Esopus. Seth McKee is Scenic Hudson land conservation director. He says Riverhill Farm is within the Esopus-Lloyd Scenic Area of Statewide Significance.

A New York State Supreme Court decision has upheld the right of two Hudson Valley groups to challenge a town planning board’s decision about a proposed telecommunications tower in Columbia County.

National Grid Removes Eminent Domain From Its Plans

Apr 22, 2014
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An energy company that is submitting a proposal to the New York State Public Service Commission for a major power line project appears to have allayed one major concern. And while community groups praise the utility’s move, they say they are not completely at ease, and have other worries.

There is an AC, or alternating current, transmission proceeding under way, and developers are working on proposals for high-voltage transmission line upgrades. One of the utility companies putting forth a proposal is National Grid. Here’s spokesman Patrick Stella.

Flooding Task Force Issues Findings For Kingston

Nov 20, 2013
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A task force has come up with recommendations for the city of Kingston, New York on how to develop an action plan to make the city’s waterfront more resilient in the face of future storms.

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo appointed the Waterfront Flooding Task Force in December 2012 to study and recommend actions in response to severe flooding on the Rondout and Hudson River waterfront from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. He says the following has emerged.

A Park Opens At The West Point Foundry Preserve

Oct 21, 2013
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There will be a ribbon-cutting event late Saturday morning for a park in New York’s Putnam County. The park is at a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scenic Hudson Receives Omega Award

Sep 25, 2013
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An environmental group focused on the Hudson Valley is the recipient of a sustainable education award.

Scenic Hudson Conserves Land In Columbia County

Sep 1, 2013
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A Poughkeepsie-based environmental group has acquired 173 acres in Columbia County. Some of the land plays a role in maintaining the quality of the local public water supply.

Two Groups Challenge Communications Tower Approval

Aug 20, 2013
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Two nonprofit groups have mounted a legal challenge to overturn approval for one cell tower that would replace two towers in Columbia County. They say the tower’s design would compromise views from an historic site.

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BEACON – Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in the City of Beacon is one of eight projects nationwide to achieve certification through the Sustainable Sites Initiative as part of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin.

It was given three out of four stars for its sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes, said project Director Danielle Pieranunzi.

Land Is Conserved In Greene County

Aug 8, 2013
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A donated easement protects 124 acres of land in Greene County.

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The New York State Public Service Commission is revisiting whether the underlying need for water in Rockland County warrants the construction of a major water supply project. 

Scenic Hudson Preserves Hudson Highlands Acreage

Jul 19, 2013
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More than 100 acres has been preserved in New York’s Hudson Highlands.

Scenic Hudson Study Sheds Light On Farmland Protection

Jun 25, 2013
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An environmental group in New York has released a study it says provides a blueprint for farmland protection in the Hudson Valley. The study, which the group touts as the first of its kind, calls upon many stakeholders to ensure the region, along with New York City, can continue to count on fresh, local food.

Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson, with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, conducted the study, entitled “Securing Fresh, Local Food for New York City and the Hudson Valley: A Foodshed Conservation Plan for the Region.”

Two Groups Conserve Land On Fishkill Ridge

May 17, 2013
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Two land preservation groups in New York have conserved 51 acres in the Hudson Valley.

Land In Dutchess Is Donated For Conservation

May 8, 2013
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Sixteen acres next to critical tidal habitats in a Hudson River estuary are now protected. The donated land is in New York’s Dutchess County.  

A Champion For The Environment And Peace Dies At 106

Apr 25, 2013
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A well-known philanthropist and environmentalist who had a hilltop residence in New York’s Hudson Valley has died. She was also a champion for world peace. 

Kathryn Wasserman Davis died at the age of 106 on Tuesday. She took up both painting and kayaking in her 90s; the latter she sometimes shared with Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan, along the Hudson and other rivers.

Sullivan says he recalls last kayaking with her in the fall, when Davis was 105.

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KINGSTON – The City of Kingston Flooding Task Force, which was created to address waterfront flooding and sea level rise, continues to look at alternatives and suggestions to avoid flooding in the future.

The group will eventually develop recommendations to prevent waterfront flooding now and into the future, said Gregg Swanzey, the city’s economic development director.

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