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Cortlandt Asks Public's Help In Battling Barge Anchor Proposals

A fuel barge traverses the waters of the Hudson River. Cortlandt is fighting plans to build barge anchorages off Verplanck and Montrose.
A fuel barge traverses the waters of the Hudson River. Cortlandt is fighting plans to build barge anchorages off Verplanck and Montrose. Photo Credit: ian.umces.edu

CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Cortlandt is asking the public to back it in its fight against a proposal to build barge anchorages in the Hudson River.

Supervisor Linda Puglisi said the Town Board voted unanimously last week to formalize its opposition to the U.S. Coast Guard plan.

It has asked the agency to have public hearings on the plan in Cortlandt and it wants residents to weigh in by commenting on the website federalregister.gov.

According to the site , the marine security organization is floating plans for 10 new anchorage grounds from Yonkers to Kingston.

The one that concerns Cortlandt would be a 127-acre site built off Montrose. It would accommodate up to three vessels. There also would be an 98-acre site between Verplanck and Tompkins Cove for another three vessels.

Puglisi said the town is opposed to the plans for several reasons, the main one being is that barge anchors are eyesores. They would, she said, be detrimental to the “visual aesthetics of the Hudson.”

Puglisi said Cortlandt has spent millions of dollars to buy land along the shoreline, including the recent purchase of a 100-acre site just south of Entergy’s Indian Point nuclear power plant, which it plans to develop with ball fields, a dog park and a beach.

It also has an estate from a local property owner and owns a former marina in Verplanck.

Cortlandt, the supervisor said, already is burdened with the nuclear facility and the ongoing construction of the Spectra gas line project.

“We now do not need anchors off our shores on the Hudson River,” Puglisi said.

According to federalregister.gov, the Coast Guard is soliciting public input on the proposed anchorages. Comments and related materials have to be sent to the Coast Guard through Sept. 7.

To read more about the proposed anchorages, click here.

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