EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck:

"The massive amount of PCBs that have finally been removed from this treasured river is a tremendous accomplishment that will benefit the communities along the Hudson River for generations to come."

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Replanting the Riverbed After Dredging

The habitat reconstruction program GE performed in the Hudson River was one of the largest aquatic replanting programs ever undertaken. Hundreds of thousands of aquatic plants, including wild celery, American pondweed and broad-leaved arrowhead plants, along with other species, already were planted.

The program was initiated in 2010, following the first season of dredging in 2009. GE’s crews planted vegetation and seeded areas in areas along the shoreline called riverine fringing wetlands. In addition, divers planted submerged aquatic vegetation in the riverbed below the water’s surface. More than 100,000 individual plants and tubers were installed in areas that had previously been dredged and backfilled.

The program was challenging to implement. The large quantities of suitable plants needed to support the program were difficult to locate. GE worked closely with its habitat contractors, and EPA, which approved and supervised the program, to resolve issues.

If you have additional questions about GE’s work in the Hudson River, email info@hudsondredging.com or contact us at 518-792-4087 or toll-free at 1-888-596-3655.