Much of it is five feet deep or less—shallow enough to stand in. Yellow and green areas are deeper ; dark blue is deepest . The deepest spot in this part of the river—96 feet to the bottom—is found here, just south of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Actual main channel depths along the river vary; with a least depth of 24′ or less at a few locations at the channel edges to a maximum depth of 108′ being found mid-channel at the southern approach to Hell Gate.
According to a new report by the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, the harbor is cleaner today than it’s been in nearly 110 years. The last time the waters have been this pure, the Model T had just been introduced to the public and Albert Einstein had just published his theory of relativity.
You should know, first of all, that according to the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, no part of the Inner Harbor (this includes the East River, Hudson River south of its confluence with the Harlem River, and the Upper New York Bay ) is safe for swimming , based on water quality standards set by the state’s
The DEC told the New York Post, while its rare, smooth dogfish sharks have been found in the Hudson River in the past.
“Is the East River safe to swim in ? Yes, sometimes,” Mike Dulong, senior attorney for the New York water quality advocacy group Riverkeeper, told City & State over the phone. But as long as enterococci levels are below 35-colony forming units, the water is considered safe for people to enter, Inverse reported.
Generally, yes. However, official swimming beaches are scarce. At other sites, debris, tidal currents and boat traffic pose dangers. Near Albany, sewage plants do not disinfect their discharges, raising the risk of disease.
Yes, the Hudson River looks clean and is teeming with fish. But, the fish and the river bottom on which they depend for food and shelter are contaminated by PCBs. PCBs probably cause cancer and can cause other serious health problems. The river is not cleaning itself.
|Clearance below||127 ft (38.7 m) above mean high water|
|Designer||John Augustus Roebling|
|Constructed by||New York Bridge Company|
It’s polluted with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls — which are man-made chemicals), cadmium, sewage, urban runoff, heavy metals, pesticides, and lots and lots of bacteria.
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