GREG CANNON, OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, (845) 575-3174
NEW HUDSON RIVER MONITORING STATION UNVEILED AT MARIST COLLEGE
POUGHKEEPSIE - A new high-tech environmental monitoring station based at Marist College in Poughkeepsie was unveiled Tuesday on the banks of the Hudson River.
The new station will continuously monitor water quality and automatically collect samples for the assessment of toxins, such as pharmaceuticals. It is part of a network of 15 monitoring stations called the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) that provide round-the-clock data on conditions in the Hudson River, from Albany to the New York Harbor. These stations include a mobile station on the Clearwater Sloop.
Every 15 minutes data on a range of variables— such as temperature, salinity, and pH – are collected by the monitoring stations. By tracking the health of the Hudson River, HRECOS informs flood risk, pollution cleanup, DEC permitting, restoration efforts, and fisheries management.
The Poughkeepsie station was built at Marist in partnership with the College, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the New York State Department of Conservation (NYS DEC), and the Cary Institute or Ecosystem Studies. Funding for the new station was made possible through the Environmental Protection Agency.
Effective immediately, the USGS will begin using the station to monitor sediment, nutrient, and pesticide conditions in the Hudson River. The NYS DEC will also be relying on data from the station in their assessments of the state’s water quality.
“Given our location, the Hudson has been an integral part of College's development, and we take seriously our role as stewards of the river,” Marist College Executive President Geoff Brackett said at Tuesday's unveiling. “We are truly excited to contribute to this effort and to have a valuable new resource for teaching the students who will be charged with protecting the great progress to date in cleaning up the river and protecting it against future threats.”
“The HRECOS partnership has helped make the Hudson River one of the most understood rivers in the world,” said NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Coordinator Fran Dunwell, who spoke at the unveiling. “Data it provides are essential to tracking the river’s recovery and ensuring current management practices preserve and protect the Hudson, now and for future generations.”
Stuart E.G. Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute and a HRECOS partner described the capabilities of the new station. “By allowing remote sampling, the new station allows unprecedented access to the river,” said Findlay. “We can track how extreme weather influences wastewater discharge, the presence of pharmaceutical pollution, and toxins that adhere to sediments.”
The public can view real-time data from the Marist station and the entire HRECOS network at www.hrecos.org.
On Saturday, July 21st the public can learn more about HRECOS during an interactive River Day activity. For more information, visit www.hudsonriverdayny.org.
HRECOS partners include: The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Clearwater, Hudson River Foundation, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Division of Water, Stevens Institute, and The U.S. Geological Survey.
For further information, call the Marist College Office of Public Affairs at (845) 575-3174.