USA: GE Begins 5th Season of Hudson River Dredging

Around-the-clock dredging operations on the Hudson River commenced yesterday, and will continue through November in a 14-mile section of the Upper Hudson between Schuylerville and Stillwater, Saratoga County.

Dredging began near Fort Edward, 40 miles north of Albany, in 2009, and GE’s contractors thus far have removed 70 percent of the total that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency targeted for removal. Once this season’s work is completed, dredging will continue for one more season in 2015.

Work on the river is scheduled to be completed in 2016 with habitat planting and reconstruction. Through the first four seasons of dredging, GE has invested more than $1 billion to remove nearly 2 million cubic yards of sediment.

The project is being undertaken by GE under an agreement with the EPA, which selected dredging as the remedial strategy to address PCBs in sediments in the river, and determined the size and scope of the project, after thoroughly evaluating a full range of options including more dredging.

EPA, which has repeatedly commended GE’s work as “extraordinary,” oversees every aspect of the dredging project. GE is paying for the project and conducting the work. The project is being undertaken under the federal Superfund law.

Last year, EPA completed a comprehensive, five-year review of the dredging project and concluded that it is meeting all of the Agency’s clean-up goals and is protective of human health and the environment.

GE’s goal is to conduct the project as safely and efficiently as possible, and with minimum impact on the river and local communities. The project is one of the largest environmental cleanups in U.S. history.

Dredging is occurring generally north to south from Fort Edward, N.Y., to Troy. Approximately 350 people work on the project, 24 hours a day, six days a week, for six months of the year. The river is open for all recreational and commercial activity during dredging.

Press Release, May 8, 2014


Share this article

Follow Dredging Today


<< Aug 2019 >>
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Eastern Chapter WEDA Fall 2019 Conference

Wednesday (10/16/19) afternoon will start the program with an opportunity to take the Dredging 101 course.

read more >

10TH Annual Conference Dredging in India

The conference will focus on strategies and solutions to meet the future dredging requirements…

read more >

Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019

Conference Theme “Future directions from 40°S and beyond” reflects the increasing awareness about the need to find suitable…

read more >

PORTS Conference

The PORTS Conference series is internationally recognized as an outstanding opportunity to network with…

read more >


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...


Dredging jobs in Abu Dhabi at NMDC

National Marine Dredging Company “NMDC” aims to be the largest dredging player in the Arab’s Gulf region...