Poughkeepsie Shoreline Cleanup
Central Hudson is cleaning the Hudson River and its shoreline in the Poughkeepsie area
Central Hudson is completing a multi-year project to clean the lingering residues of a former plant that once made gas from coal to make light and heat for Poughkeepsie’s homes and businesses. The former “manufactured gas plant” (MGP) operated from 1911 until the 1950s, when it was replaced by clean, modern natural gas.
Working under the approval of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health, Central Hudson is conducting a pilot test using a hydraulic dredging system starting in late October 2020 and continuing through the end of the year. The test is designed to remove impacted sediments and materials from the riverbed at select locations using a hydraulic mechanism, dewatering the sediment and transporting the materials on covered barges to a registered disposal facility.
MGPs were once used throughout the country from the mid-1800s through the early to mid-1900s. In New York State alone, more than 300 MGPs were built and operated by local gas companies, and were eventually decommissioned when natural gas was first introduced in the 1950s through the interstate pipeline system.
For questions about these activities, please call the dedicated project phone line at (845) 867-4064.