LWRP School Presentation and Comments
Third session well attended and well received
The LWRP 10-person Task Force, consisting of both FoH members and non-member residents of Hudson, conducted the research and created the presentation. Several members of the Task Force jointly conducted the meeting, walking through a Powerpoint presentation of major findings and recommendations and accessing the Internet in real time to provide additional information as questions and issues arose. Click here to view a PDF of the Task Force presentation.
One of the more compelling and inspiring pieces was an online video from NOAA about the successful restoration of a salt water marsh, Gooseneck Cove in Rhode Island, which was accomplished through the collaboration of local citizens, scientists and local and federal government agencies.
In addition to a review of the LWRP and DGEIS the Task Force presented its key findings and recommendations for actions that are needed in order to make these documents acceptable. These findings cover environmental and ecological issues in the treatment of the South Bay and wetlands, transportation and safety issues within the City of Hudson and the disturbing lack of public participation and consensus building in process by which the documents were created.
The Hudson Common Council Public Comment Period ends on Monday March 15 at 5:30 PM. The Council will then send the documents to the NYS Department of State DOS) for final approval. Friends of Hudson is preparing formal comments that will be submitted in addition to the Task Force's. Click here to read earlier comments presented to the Common Council on January 20, 2010 by Christopher Reed, FoH board president. The LWRP Task Force presented the following list of key issues for the public to comment upon both to the Common Council and the DOS.
WETLANDS The South Bay is a designated Class I wetland. A post-Civil War era railroad right-of-way through the South Bay is being proposed as the preferred site for an aggregate company’s new road. How these facts meet the test of consistency with state wetland policy is a central issue. BROAD STREET CROSSING AND FERRY STREET BRIDGE The City of Hudson owns no access and cannot regulate public or commercial means to the core riverfront area. TRANSPORTATION There is only one workable alternative to a new, private trucking route that bisects the wetland. The publicly accessible "South Bay Public Road" appears nowhere in either of the current draft documents. This is an inconsistency. ZONING The proposed zoning amendments should be ratified immediately, irrespective of the fate of the LWRP. HARBOR MANAGEMENT Competing water uses in Hudson's under-regulated harbor need a harbor management plan. PUBLIC CONSENSUS Sub-committees are the most direct approach to resolving conflicts. Consensus follows.
Members of the public are urged to express their concerns in writing, by 5:30 PM on Monday March 15 to:
Kevin Millington NYS Department of State Office of Coastal Resources 99 Washington Ave., Suite 1010 Albany, NY 12231-0001
City of Hudson Common Council 520 Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534