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Groups Raise Concerns about Hudson River Anchorage Plans

Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay conducts track maintenance and area familiarization along the Hudson River for Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters on Jan. 31, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Zac Bender)
Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay conducts track maintenance and area familiarization along the Hudson River for Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters on Jan. 31, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Zac Bender)

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Some local officials and environmental groups are raising concerns about the U.S. Coast Guard's proposal to establish 10 new anchorage locations in the Hudson River.

The Coast Guard says the resting sites for commercial vessels between Yonkers and Kingston would increase efficiency and navigation safety. But Rhinebeck Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia says three of the locations would affect views at local tourist attractions.

The environmental group Riverkeeper has raised concerns about the impact on endangered sturgeon as well as noise and light pollution in waterfront communities.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Tuesday joined with Scenic Hudson and other organizations asking the Coast Guard to hold public meetings on the proposal.

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