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.
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.
In my last blog, I detailed major missteps of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its oversight of the Hudson River Superfund cleanup of toxic PCBs, including allowing the polluter, General Electric, to decommission its massive dredging operations before the agency determined whether the cleanup had met its goals, and ignoring pleas from other federal agencies and evidence that more dredging is needed to restore the river’s health.
In this commentary—featured on www.midhudsonnews.com in mid-March of 2016—Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan explains why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must use its authority to require General Electric to continue removing PCB contamination from the Hudson River
Lead poisons drinking water in Flint, Michigan... Dangerous levels of perfluorooctanoic acid contaminate water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York... A massive spill of wastewater from the Gold King Mine pollutes Colorado’s Animas River...
These recent disasters impacting water quality have made headlines nationwide. They share something else as well. All came about because of the failure of public agencies charged with protecting human health and the environment to respond in a timely manner and do their jobs.
In this commentary—featured on www.midhudsonnews.com in mid-January of 2016—Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan outlines three components of Gov. Cuomo's 2016 budget that will offer significant benefits to the Hudson Valley and its environment.
December 29 marks the 50th anniversary of the Scenic Hudson Decision, the cornerstone of environmental law granting citizens legal standing to protect the environment. This court victory is considered the birth of the modern, grassroots environmental movement.