Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's Happening on the "Causeway"?

Acting on a tip from a fellow journalist, Gossips snapped this picture at about 10 a.m. this morning of activity on the old rail bed connecting Route 9G to the waterfront.

It appears that that the "road" is being widened and resurfaced.

At the Common Council meeting on Tuesday night, amidst the agonizing about gravel trucks on city streets, mayor's aide Cappy Pierro asked rhetorically, "Why don't we just ask O&G to use the causeway?" Could this new activity on the causeway be somehow connected to that? 


  1. If an immediate response is needed, file your complaint by phone by calling the DEC TIPP hotline at 1-800-TIPP-DEC (1-800-847-7332)

    If you have pictures the officer may find useful, you can include them as an attachment to - include "Report an Environmental Violation" in the subject line.

  2. Why can our town government not see that Hudson's long-term future depends on having a clean, industry-free waterfront? O&G only cares about their short-term profits, as does Holcim. We run the risk of our port and a large portion of our beautiful waterfront looking like the other rotting factories left behind by Holcim on its property. The South Bay will be polluted beyond hope and all its species of plant and waterlife will have been destroyed.

  3. According to Tim O'Connor, O & G have widened and surfaced the whole length from 9G to the R&S parking lot. This seems contrary to Scenic Hudson's appeal of the DEC permit which stipulates "the permit that is the subject of this appeal is limited to the pavement of two hundred +/- feet of the causeway ..." DEC has been alerted.

    It seems hardly coincidental that this action has occured so shortly after Cappy's remark.

  4. I'll reinforce what Jennifer mentioned - the appropriate enforcement persons at DEC have been notified.

  5. It's pretty clear that Holcim / O & G and our Mayor have decided to just go ahead and start running trucks through South Bay in the hope that none of the state or federal agencies will take action. The good news here is that Holcim looks desperate with this move. They are probably worried that the NY Dep't. of State is going to designate South Bay as a Significant Wildlife Habitat, which could spell doom for the gravel truckers.

  6. Listen to the call of the Pied-Billed Grebe !