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Hudson Waterfront: Another Draft of LWRP to be Reviewed

Common Council Will Review Draft LWRP in Fall 2009

The latest version of the Draft LWRP for the City of Hudson is available for review at the City's website. As we did with the previous version, Friends of Hudson is currently reviewing this document and will submit comments to the City. We are encouraging members and concerned citizens to work with the FoH Task Force that will review this document. Contact FoH President Christopher Reed, President if you would like to participate.

A recent summary of Friends of Hudson's thinking on the Hudson waterfront is presented in "The Future of Hudson?" the lead article in the Hudson issue of Our Town (Fall 2008, Claverack NY). The overarching premise of the article, authored by Christopher Reed, is that "hydrology is destiny." "With the opening created by the Department of State’s 2005 ruling on St. Lawrence/Holcim in favor of a more diversified future for the South Bay, there is a much clearer path today than at any previous time to having it all—a thriving waterfront, an active South Bay, a clean river and a balanced budget. It lies in applying human ingenuity 'a few acres at a time' to create solutions that restore the severed connections between human ecology and natural economy."

Toward achieving the "highest, best" outcome for the Hudson waterfront, a South Bay reconnected to the larger estuarial system of the Hudson River can be an important part of the solution for handling Hudson's combined sewer overflow. "[W]ith soft engineering alternatives that integrate Hudson’s generous, but much abused endowment of natural water systems, Hudson has the potential to attain and exceed state and federal mandates for controlling peak runoff, while achieving substantial reductions in construction costs."

This article articulates the principles and values that FoH will use to evaluate the potential of the LWRP to achieve our vision: An Accessible Working Waterfront for the 21st Century that provides economic benefit to the city and its residents, maximizes recreation and scenic aspects for the public, preserves and enhances the ecology and maintains a sound and healthy infrastructure.