New monitoring station offers increased information about the Hudson River

A new state of the art environmental monitoring station was installed last week at the Marist College boathouse on the banks of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. The station was built in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the New York State Department of Conservation (NYS DEC), the Cary Institute or Ecosystem Studies, and Marist College. Funding for the new station was made possible through the Environmental Protection Agency.

The new station will continuously monitor water quality by collecting samples in order to detect the presence of toxics, pharmaceuticals and microbes.  Dr. Stuart Findlay, freshwater ecologist at the Cary Institute, said the new station will make it possible “ to actually collect a water sample so we can look for things that the sensors at the other stations cannot detect.  This is quite a big change in capability.”

 

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