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Comment by Jonathan on December 2, 2010 at 12:58pm
The sewage outfall is hundreds of yards off the shoreline. The treated water that comes out of the sewage plant is cleaner than the general water in the Hudson.

What you dont want to do is to go swimming after a heavey rainstorm as this washes lots of contaminaents into the storm drains that go untreated into the river.....

Check out the riverkeeper website for ongoing water quality tests.

http://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/hudson/
Comment by Justin Riccobono on December 1, 2010 at 3:58pm
Hey guys check out Riverpool.org the river is safe to swin in these days hence the RiverSwim in July. You really only need to stay out of the river after large rainfalls, but that is even the case in Long Island these days. There has been lots of remediation in the Hudson over the past 50 years and it is safe to swim in once again.
Comment by Steve Knowles on November 29, 2010 at 11:19am
Cool photo! Too bad about the sewage outfall. With the tidal currents in the Hudson, I don't see swimming off the Beacon waterfront park as being significantly safer than along the shoreline between Dennings Point and the new park. I always thought of the beach as being more for suntanning, playing, volleyball, boat launching, and less for swimming ( a swim at your own risk kind of thing).
Comment by Justin Riccobono on November 24, 2010 at 9:54pm
Fantastic post. Thanks Andy. Steve, the shoreline out on deningspoint was once the beach area for Beacon. it could be a hike, but well worth it. Riverpool riverpool.org is also planning a largeer pool (75') off of riverside park, mot sure if they are fully funded yet, but that will be comming soon.

Comment by Ben Royce on November 24, 2010 at 1:03pm
Steve: that is a great idea, but Andy is right about sewage run off, so just change the location: North of Waterfront Park. Water chestnut is a problem there too, but that can be controlled.
Comment by Andy Brown on November 24, 2010 at 12:42pm
That could be nice, but that area is taken over by the water chestnut in the summer. isn't there an outlet pipe from the sewage plant along there too?
Comment by Steve Knowles on November 24, 2010 at 12:24pm
I have been trying to get interest in constructing a sand beach along the shoreline between the "point" of the new park area and Dennings Point, although I haven't done much other than suggest it when NYDEC was requesting comments on proposed Hudson River swimming areas. It wouldn't take much sand, and would provide an area for general recreation, beach volley ball, boat launching (and swimming if the lawsuit fears could be overcome). The wave energy of the Hudson isn't too high to cause significant erosion, but is high enough to maintain sand beaches, if there is a source of sand. One of these days I'll take a digital aerial photograph of this area and Photo shop in a sand beach so people can see what it would look like. (I'll tell you right now, it would be fantastic!)
Comment by kristine Nesslar on November 24, 2010 at 9:18am
Wow! Thanks for posting this. The kayak beach is amazing!
Comment by Ben Royce on November 24, 2010 at 7:53am
Yeah I've been watchng this develop daily on my way to from/ the train. This is a good read. Before reading this, I had actually thought those water filled pits were artificial ponds! One with a tree island. Now I see you are simply going to fill those in with native soil. Nice work, on the update, and the property.

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