Community Matters & Legislation

The Rhinecliff Dock is a one of only a few public boat accesses to the the Hudson River. People come here to fish and relax by on the banks of the Hudson River. Shown here, Waterfront Day, 2016 in The Hamlet of Rhinecliff.

JULY, 2017: For Hudson River Anchorage Points Updates, visit:




Whereas, the United States Coast Guard has proposed the addition of new anchorage sites for commercial vessels with their attending tug, tow, or push boats on the Hudson River with ten sites between Yonkers, Westchester County, and Kingston, Ulster County, in consideration, and

Whereas, most of the large ships that traverse the Hudson River are designed to carry up to eight million gallons of petroleum products, biochemical products, and other hazardous materials, and

Whereas, Coast Guard officials say adding anchorage sites would allow for a safer and more efficient flow of vessel traffic, and

Whereas, there are several scenic and tourist groups as well as the Ulster County Legislature, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, the Dutchess County Legislature, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, and New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand who have expressed concerns about this proposal, and

Whereas, these concerns include negative environmental, health, and scenic impacts such as oil spills, exposure to pollutants in drinking water and threatening native aquatic species and habitats,  exposure to sound pollution to surrounding river towns from generators continuously running, the hindering of potential waterfront development projects, and having an adverse impact on recreational enjoyment of the Hudson River,

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that Rhinebeck Grange #896 strongly opposes the commercial anchorage site proposal by the United States Coast Guard along the Hudson River because of the serious risk to the people of the Hudson River Valley and negative environmental, health, and scenic impacts.

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