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Report says Hudson River dredging hurt natural resources

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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General Electric’s dredging of the Hudson River damaged natural resources, according to a report released on Friday.

A report issued on Friday by the Hudson River Trustees said that efforts to restore the damage caused by the dredging have not been effective.

A report issued on Friday by the Hudson River Trustees said that efforts to restore the damage caused by the dredging have not been effective.

General Electric Co. ’s dredging of the Hudson River injured natural resources including the loss of 50 million freshwater mussels, according to a report released on Friday from the Hudson River Trustees. The report was part of a natural resource assessment of GE’s project to remove polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from the Hudson River. Other impacts were the destruction of 30 acres of wetlands that serve as buffers against flooding; dredging 133 acres of aquatic vegetation that serve as food and shelter for wildlife; and removal of more than 3,000 trees, according to a news release. The trustees are represented by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. U. S. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Meagan Racey said the report is one part of a larger assessment of impacts to the natural resources by dredging, as well as contamination of surface water and groundwater. The trustees have issued reports about impacts to groundwater, surface water, recreational fishing, and birds, fish and other wildlife. Racey said the study identified nine kinds of freshwater mussels. “Freshwater mussels are essentially nature’s equivalent of a water filter,” she said.

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