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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE RIVERTOWNS URGES PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON PLACEMENT OF COMMERCIAL BARGES ON THE HUDSON RIVER

August 11, 2016

Ten sites between Yonkers and Kingston are being considered as possible anchorage sites for commercial barges to be used by both maritime industries and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Yonkers mooring location would stretch seven hundred fifteen acres from the Glenwood train station in Yonkers to the Dobbs Ferry station; the Montrose site would cover both one hundred and twenty-seven acres off Montrose Point and ninety-eight acres between Tomkins Cove and Verplanck.

Communities along the Hudson, pursuant to a New York State financed Local Waterfront Revitalization study, have developed (and in multiple cases, implemented) designs to reclaim waterfronts for local citizens. The Rivertowns League consensus, now ten years old, states: “The League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns supports measures to preserve and enhance Hudson Rivertowns identity, scenic views, historic and natural resources; improve links between villages and between waterfront and downtowns; foster development which is safe, sustainable and compatible with established rivertowns identity.”

Accommodating increased river traffic must not be at the expense of aquatic life, increased risk of pollution, or of Rivertowns communities that have invested much in making local waterfronts hospitable to residents.

The League urges public input and action.

Comments to the Federal Register can be made online until September 7 at www.regulations.gov; refer to Docket Number USCG 2016-0132

 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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