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An angler casts from a boat on the Brandywine River, near a proposed boat ramp project in Wilmington, Delaware.

Athos Oil Spill Trustees Seek Comments on Proposed Delaware Boat Ramp Project Replacement

NOAA and natural resource Trustees in the M/T Athos I oil spill case are proposing an amendment to a previously approved restoration plan from 2009.

A hydrographic survey launch from the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson in New York Harbor. Image credit:NOAA

Spotlight on the Northeast: The Hudson-Raritan Estuary, an Urban Ecosystem on the Rebound

Walking the busy streets of Manhattan, it’s easy to overlook the Hudson River as a living ecosystem, or think about its natural history. The Iroquois people native to the area called the Hudson Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk —"river that flows two ways" — a nod to the twice-daily pulse of the tides. Estuaries, where freshwater rivers meet the saltwater ocean, are some of the most productive, important, and impacted environments on the planet. The Hudson-Raritan Estuary exemplifies these contrasts.

As part of the proposed restoration for St. Louis River Interlake, non-native cattail, seen here, will be removed and replaced with native emergent wetland species such as the culturally important wild rice.

2017 Accomplishments Restoring our Nation's Coasts after Industrial Pollution

In 2017, multiple agreements were reached requiring companies to restore natural resources damaged by industrial pollution:

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First responders set out oil sorbent pads and boom on Prall’s Island in the days following the spill.

Exxon Bayway

Oil Spill | Linden, New Jersey | January 1990

 

What Happened?

On January 1 and 2, 1990, #2 fuel oil spilled from the Exxon Bayway facility’s underwater pipeline in Linden, New Jersey. Approximately 567,000 gallons were released directly into the Arthur Kill, a saltwater channel between New Jersey and Staten Island.

South Branch Creek and Piles Creek are tidal tributaries that discharge to the Arthur Kill, a tidal strait located between New Jersey and Staten Island.

Piles Creek

Hazardous Waste Site | Linden, New Jersey | Late 1800s to present

Manufacturing of dyes, surfactant, pesticides, and other industrial chemicals and products began on the Tremley Point peninsula in Linden, New Jersey as early as 1889. Chlorine gas production, using a process that involved mercury, began here in 1955 and continued through 1985. Wastes and wastewaters emptied directly and indirectly to Piles Creek, South Branch Creek, the Arthur Kill, and their associated tidal wetlands. Mercury, arsenic, other metals, SVOCs, and other toxic substances were released into the surrounding environment.

Hudson River shoreline looking south from a location just upriver. Contamination found within and below the river sediments shown in this photo.

Quanta Resources Corporation

Hazardous Waste Site | Edgewater, NJ | 1930 to present

The Quanta Resources Corporation site in Edgewater, NJ, is a former oil and tar storage and recycling facility on approximately 8 acres. The site is adjacent to the lower Hudson River, approximately 9.9 miles upstream of Upper New York Bay.

Electronic parts and components, including capacitors, were manufactured and transformer oils were tested at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Inc. facility from 1936 through 1962.

Cornell-Dubilier Electronics

Hazardous Waste Site | South Plainfield, NJ | 1930s to Present

Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc. manufactured electronic components on this 26-acre property from 1936 to 1962. PCBs, metals, and other hazardous substances were released into the surrounding environment, including a stream on the property which flows into Bound Brook, a tributary of the Lower Raritan River.

Use of public beaches for recreation is restricted by contamination at the Raritan Bay Slag site.

Raritan Bay Slag

Hazardous Waste Site | Old Bridge and Sayreveille, NJ | Late 1960s to Present

This waterfront park spans approximately 1.5 miles of Raritan Bay in Laurence Harbor, New Jersey. Slag from metal processing at NL Industries in Perth Amboy was used to construct a seawall along Raritan Bay and to enhance a federal navigational jetty at Cheesequake Creek Inlet. The slag included lead and other hazardous metals, which leached into surrounding soils, sediments, and surface waters. Battery casings and construction debris also litter portions of the site.

The American Cyanamid site sits on the banks of the Raritan River.

American Cyanamid

Hazardous Waste Site | Bridgewater, NJ | 1915 - Present

For decades, the American Cyanamid facility released a range of contaminants directly into the Raritan River. The factory manufactured chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and distilled coal tar. 

Berry's Creek Canal looking east towards Manhattan Island.

Berry’s Creek Watershed

Hazardous Waste Site | Wood-Ridge, East Rutherford, and Carlstadt, NJ | 1929 to Present

Starting in 1929, several industrial facilities released mercury, PCBs, PAHs, VOCs, and other hazardous substances into Berry’s Creek and the surrounding area.