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June 6, 2010

 

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Hudson River monitoring system unveiled


Hiles discusses new device

POUGHKEEPSIE – The newest addition to the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) was unveiled Saturday afternoon during Poughkeepsie’s River Day Festivities at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie.

The state-of-the-art environmental monitoring system will now be onboard the sloop Clearwater and will provide scientists and the public with a range of real-time data taken directly from the waters of the Hudson River.

According to State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis, HRECOS is a monitoring network made up of eight stations along the Hudson River estuary, from New York Harbor to just north of Albany, which provides scientists with vital information about the river as well as recreationists with the information they need to know about water conditions.

Stevens Institute of Technology Center for Maritime Systems Senior Research Engineer Nickitas Georgas noted that these eight monitors currently in place are responsible for covering 140 miles of coastline on the Hudson and this latest sensor equipped on the Clearwater will help fill in the gaps.

“We need to know what happens in the waters that are not monitored,” said Georgas, explaining that this sensor will keep an eye on everything from tidal movements and water temperature to salination and dissolved oxygen.

“The estuary is a highly dynamic system and being able to make frequent measurements, every 15 minutes or so, enables researchers to observe the system in ways that no traditional monitoring technique could ever support,” said Hudson River Foundation Executive Director Clay Hiles stated that.”

The new equipment will be available to the public, said Clearwater Executive Clearwater Jeff Rumpf.

“Clearwater, the great river platform, is now a science station. Fifteen thousand kids a year come on Clearwater and these young people will be the next generation of environmental leaders, so now those kids will have world class scientists right there at their fingertips.”

Members of the community were invited to see the new HRECOS equipment for themselves Saturday afternoon while enjoying a live musical performance by legendary singer and songwriter Pete Seeger.


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