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.
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.
Liberty Industrial Finishing
Hazardous Waste Site | Massapequa Creek, Farmingdale NY | 1930’s to Present
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.
Hazardous Waste and Oil Spill Site | New York City, NY | Late 1800s to Present
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.
Hazardous Waste Site | Cold Spring, NY | 1952 to Present
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.
St. Lawrence River
Hazardous Waste Site | Massena, New York | 1903 to Present