Water is on the minds of Rockland residents this summer, and not just because of the record U.S. drought. Rockland County’s main water provider, United Water NY, wants to build a treatment plant on the Hudson River that would deliver more freshwater to Rockland taps. Some people are in favor of boosting supply to this growing suburban region, a short drive from the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges. Others are opposed, citing the cost, in energy and dollars, plus the danger to fish and other wildlife. As the project awaits approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a new debate on water consumption has emerged. Should people be encouraged, or even required, to use less? And if so, how?
In this annual fall event school groups all along the Hudson River estuary go down to the river's edge to collect scientific information and share it to creat
|Name||Title||Fields of interest|
|Frank Nitsche||Research Scientist||Marine Geology, Environmental Geophysics, Acoustic Surveys, GIS, Continental Margins, Estuaries, Quaternary Sedimentation|
|Gregory O'Mullan||Adjunct Associate Research Scientist||Environmental microbiology, biogeochemistry, and molecular ecology|
|Margie Turrin||Education Coordinator|
|Philip Orton||Postdoctoral Research Scientist||Air-sea interaction and gas exchange; estuary and coastal ocean physics; storm surges; turbulent mixing; sediment transport; physical forcing of biogeochemical exchanges – air-sea, land-sea, and water-sediment transports; autonomous measurement platforms and robotic boats.|
|Robin E. Bell||Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor||Ice Sheet Dynamics and Mass Balance, Continental Dynamics, Estuarine Processes, Linkages between ice sheet processes and subglacial geology. Interaction of ecosystems and geologic systems from microbes to benthic habitats. Tectonic uplift and feedback mechanisms, Interaction of tectonics and ice sheet dynamics. Gravity and magnetic measurement techniques for marine and airborne applications. Gravity gradiometry.|
August 22, 2012
October 07, 2011
The Hudson River that explorer Henry Hudson sailed some 400 years ago had no power plants on its shores. No trains, bridges, factories or houses. Those innovations changed the river, leaving a legacy of PCBs, sewage and other pollutants. But pollution is just one way that humans have transformed the river. A small way, it turns out.
August 11, 2011
People are swimming in the Hudson again, and while clumps of sewage rarely float by anymore, the water is not reliably clean, says a report released this week from the environmental group Riverkeeper.
May 13, 2009
Another world lies beneath the Hudson River, as scientists have shown using pulses of sound to map the bottom. In recent years, the bathymetry maps developed at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Stony Brook University have turned up hundreds of shipwrecks and a new channel off Battery Park City, drawing interest from treasure hunters and mariners alike. Now a new group is finding inspiration: artists.
July 25, 2008
Ongoing Work By Scientists Will Supply Data to the Public
A frequently asked question around New York is: “Is it safe to swim? This has spurred Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory...
February 05, 2004
The Hudson River Estuary, a stretch of the Hudson River from Troy, N.Y. to its mouth in New York Harbor, has begun a new stage of its life say geologists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. Researchers at both institutions have found that, aside from a few very specific locations, the estuary may have largely stopped filling in with new sediment.
|Hudson River: A Swimmable Future?||Part of the 2011 Public Lecture Series|