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A view from a ridge above the St. Lawrence River in Robert Moses State Park

Funds Available to Restore St. Lawrence River Resources

On behalf of the St. Lawrence River Environment Trustee Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting proposals for funding to restore natural resources, habitats, and cultural and recreational uses in areas affected by decades of hazardous waste releases from industrial pollution in the St. Lawrence River, its tributaries, and adjacent watersheds. 

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.

GE Hudson Falls Plant site.

Hudson River Trustees Determine Injury to Groundwater

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees released an injury determination report finding that the tested groundwater of three New York towns is sufficiently contaminated that it exceeds groundwater standards. 

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Alewife are spawning in the lake again, most likely for the first time since the creek was impounded more than 175 years ago.

Liberty Industrial Finishing

Hazardous Waste Site | Massapequa Creek, Farmingdale NY | 1930’s to Present


Hempstead Harbor successfully restored its salt marsh a few years ago, and will use the funds to remove invasive plants as part of its long term management efforts.

Mattiace Petrochemical

Hazardous Waste Site | Glen Cove, NY | 1960s to Present

The Mattiace Petrochemical Co., Inc. site is located adjacent to Garvies Point Preserve along the north shore of Glen Cove Creek, a tributary to Hempstead Harbor on the north shore of Long Island. Beginning in the 1960s, chemical storage, blending, repackaging, and drum cleaning took place on site. Drum cleaning wastes were stored in a wet well and a leaching pool where they contaminated groundwater. Hazardous wastes reached the creek via runoff, underground piping, and groundwater discharge.

Fish community survey on Newtown Creek.

Newtown Creek

Hazardous Waste and Oil Spill Site | New York City, NY | Late 1800s to Present 

Volunteers assisting in the 2003 installation of saltmarsh plants and geese exclusion fencing/flagging.

Applied Environmental Services

Hazardous Waste Site | Glenwood Landing, NY | 1939 to Present

The Applied Environmental Services Superfund Site is located on Hempstead Harbor in Long Island Sound. Starting in 1939 the site was used at various times to store petroleum products, chemical solvents, and hazardous waste. Improper handling and storage of waste oil, heavy metals, solvents, acids, paints, and other toxic substances contaminated groundwater, surface water, soils, sediments, and air.

Wild rice is one of several species reintroduced to East Foundry Cove marsh as part of on-going efforts to reconstruct the wetland following remediation in 1995.

Marathon Battery

Hazardous Waste Site | Cold Spring, NY | 1952 to Present

General Electric plant on the Hudson River.

Hudson River

Hazardous Waste Site | Hudson Falls, NY | 1947 to Present

Beginning in 1947 and continuing for approximately 30 years, General Electric (GE) Company released more than a million pounds of PCBs into the upper Hudson River. These chemicals were a byproduct of GE’s industrial operations at Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, New York. Since then, ongoing discharges of PCBs have continued from sediments and underground sources.

Bridge over the Grasse River

St. Lawrence River

Hazardous Waste Site | Massena, New York | 1903 to Present