Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site
On this page:
- How to get involved and stay informed
- Help educate local students about the river and the cleanup
- Learn about health advisories on eating Hudson River fish
Attend a project meeting. Periodic meetings are held by EPA and/or GE to update the local community about cleanup progress. Check back for scheduled meetings, or sign up for our Hudson River PCBs Site email Listserv to stay informed and receive the latest news and updates.
The Hudson River PCBs Site Community Advisory Group (CAG) also meets several times a year in Fort Edward or Saratoga Springs, NY. CAG meetings are open to the public and are an opportunity to learn more about different aspects of the cleanup.
Talk to EPA staff. The Hudson River Field Office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Field office staff are available to answer your questions, receive feedback, and provide information about the cleanup. Stop in, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (518) 407-0400. River residents with specific concerns related to dredging activities when work is being performed should call GE’s dedicated 24-hour phone line at (518) 792-4087 or 1-888-596-3655.
EPA is committed to providing opportunities for meaningful public participation during dredging. Read more about how EPA shares information and receives input from the public in the Community Involvement Plan for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site.
Returning a River to Health
Contact Larisa Romanowski at 518-747-4389 or email@example.com to request a DVD copy and the accompanying student worksheet (grades 7-12)
Attention Hudson River Area Educators – the Hudson River cleanup is underway and is a great opportunity for authentic learning!
The RiverEdge Curriculum
Before dredging started in 2009, the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES, with the help of several school districts and numerous community members, created a steering committee to look at the positive educational opportunities that could be developed related to the dredging project. Three RiverEdge Curriculum Clusters were identified and developed by the steering committee:
- Grades 5-8, Integrated Thematic Instructional Units
- Grades 9-12, Core Curriculum, Living Environment
- Senior Elective Seminar
Curriculum planning and development occurred in 2007. Twenty-eight teachers from eight component districts attended the session and created course guidelines, unit plans, and lesson plans for the three areas. Upon approval, these curricula were and are currently being implemented around the region.
For a limited time, WSWHE BOCES is making the RiverEdge curriculum available to area educators free of charge. To learn more, and to be provided access to the RiverEdge curriculum materials, contact EPA’s Community Involvement Coordinator, Larisa Romanowski, at (518) 407-0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Hudson River Educational Resources
From the New York State Department of Health
Hudson River Creatures Activity Book: A 20-page activity and coloring book from the NYS Department of Health.
From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Hudson River Estuary Program: DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River Research Reserve have many resources to offer classroom teachers and non-formal educators who study the river.
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
From the CARY Institute for Ecosystem Studies
Changing Hudson Project
General EPA Resources for Teachers and Students
Fishing New York’s abundant waters is a popular sport. Anglers catch a wide variety of fish and many eat the fish they catch. However, some species in certain waters contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health, even when the fish look healthy and the water looks clean. What should you consider when deciding whether or not to eat the fish you catch? The New York State Department of Health issues health advisories for people who eat fish from waters where chemical contamination may be a concern. You can make an informed decision about the potential risks from eating contaminated sport fish by using their publications. The New York State Department of Health has also initiated the Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Project to educate anglers about New York State fish advisories. For more information or to ask questions about advisories in your area, call the Department of Health toll-free at 1-800-458-1158 or send an email to BTSA@health.state.ny.us.
Hudson River Fish Advisories
EPA Fish Advisory Program
State, tribal, and local governments protect people from possible risks of eating contaminated fish by monitoring their waters and issuing fish advisories when contaminant levels are unsafe.