RAVENA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A new report by American Rivers listed the Hudson River as the second most endangered river in the nation due to a proposed storm surge barrier on New York City’s coastline. Local fisherman could be impacted if the barrier is built.
The barrier is proposed by the United States Army Corp of Engineers. The report states that the barrier could act like a dam.
“If you block that process, then you’re going to wipe out the striped bass,” said Captain Jimmy Samia.
Samia owns a fishing charter on the Hudson. He said high tide brings fish from the ocean to the Capital Region.
“This river here is the second best spawning grounds for the striped bass. Chesapeake Bay is number one, but the Hudson River is number two,” Samia said.
Water advocate Liz Moran said there’s still time to act before construction begins.
“They haven’t finalized any of these proposals yet, so I think that one thing important to note. They could still go forward with natural measures, which I think would be more protective of the environment and overall health of the river,” Moran said.
The report also said the barrier will create algae blooms, and sewage overflow will take longer to flush into the ocean, which will further pollute the water.