Question: Is the Hudson River actually a river?

The Hudson River is not your typical river. In fact, most of the Hudson is actually a tidal estuary where salt water from the ocean combines with freshwater from northern tributaries. This “brackish”, or mixing, water extends from the mouth of the Hudson in NY Harbor to the Federal Dam in Troy, approximately 153 miles.

Whats inside of the Hudson River?

Its polluted with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls — which are man-made chemicals), cadmium, sewage, urban runoff, heavy metals, pesticides, and lots and lots of bacteria.

Do people actually swim in the Hudson River?

Yes, people swim in the Hudson River, and in great numbers. They also wade and splash at the waters edge. They jet-ski. They water ski.

Where does the Hudson River get its water?

Lake Tear of Sources. The source of the Hudson River is Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Park at an altitude of 4,322 feet (1,317 m). However, the river is not cartographically called the Hudson River until miles downstream.

What is wrong with the Hudson River?

Other ongoing pollution problems affecting the river include: accidental sewage discharges, urban runoff, heavy metals, furans, dioxin, pesticides, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Numerous factories that once lined the Hudson River poured garbage and industrial waste directly into the river.

Is it safe to eat fish caught in the Hudson River?

According to the New York State Department of Health, Hudson River fish have “thousands of times” more chemicals than fish in surrounding waterways. The signs posted along the river recommend that pregnant women and small children completely refrain from eating fish caught in the Hudson River.

Whats so bad about the Hudson River?

Other ongoing pollution problems affecting the river include: accidental sewage discharges, urban runoff, heavy metals, furans, dioxin, pesticides, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Numerous factories that once lined the Hudson River poured garbage and industrial waste directly into the river.

Why cant you eat fish from the Hudson River?

The primary chemicals of concern in Hudson River fish are called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and they can build up in your body over time. Eating Hudson River fish can be a concern because fish can have many thousands times more PCBs than the surrounding water.

Do people eat fish from the Hudson River?

Men over 15 and women over 50 can eat up to one, half-pound meal per month of striped bass. Women under 50 and children under 15 should not eat any fish from the Hudson River. Have fun reeling them in, but consider practicing catch and release fishing.

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