Stratton Mountain School Seniors Study River Engineering
The Stratton Mountain School senior class took a field trip September 23 to Schuylerville, N.Y., to learn about the Hudson River Dredging Project, which is “a massive feat of environmental restoration and civic engineering,” according to Clare Smith Wheeler, SMS Environmental Science Teacher.
In 2002, the EPA designated the Hudson River as a Superfund site, requiring the removal of PCB chemicals that were deposited in the river by several factories operating on the river from the 1940s-1970s. As one of those companies, General Electric is spear-heading the projects, designing and implementing plans to dredge and backfill 2.65 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from a 40-mile section of the Upper Hudson River.
Wheeler said, “SMS students were able to meet with a project manager, to learn details and ask questions about the environmental and technological considerations of this approximately 15-year-long project.” SMS seniors watched multiple dredgers at work on the river.