Since the passing of the Clean Water Act, New York has made significant investments in wastewater treatment infrastructure and watershed management along the Hudson River estuary, leading to measurable improvements in water quality and ecosystem health. As water quality has improved, demand for public access and recreation on the river has also increased. O’Mullan and Juhl’s water sampling has shown, however, that intermittent sewage contamination persists throughout the estuary. Along with their colleague John Lipscomb, they will discuss findings from the Hudson River Estuary Program, including potential challenges and opportunities for improved management over the next decade.
*This lecture is sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty Alumni Association.