Hudson River Gets Ready for Its Close-Up

Scientists set out to uncover 315-mile waterway's secrets
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2007 7:33 PM CDT
Smog covered skyline of New Jersey is seen in the background as a runner enjoys a shady spot along the Hudson River in New York, on Tuesday, July 10, 2007. In hopes to reduce traffic and air pollution,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Hudson River is about to go on display. The 315 miles of New York (and New Jersey) water will be outfitted with sensors that collect data and track environmental threats, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The effort will improve understanding of human impact on ecology and will direct resource managers to healthy, responsible practices.

Spearheaded by the National Marine Fisheries Service and IBM, the program will provide a comprehensive picture, monitoring the migration of fish and larvae and the movement of pollutants and sediment. Purification strategies may improve, and shipping companies, eager to improve their reputations, are excited: The sensors may show that ships have less responsibility for sewage than conventional wisdom suggests.