Archive for June 22nd, 2013

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Reclamation

Back in the day, long before the environmental movement got any traction, the Poughkeepsie waterfront along the Hudson River used to be an industrial hotbed. That tapered off and, after a while, only the Dutton Lumber treatment facility remained; they manufactured classic CCA pressure-treated lumber. Quite some years after (IIRC) they went bankrupt and abandoned the facility, various buildings burned and the site seems to be slated for redvelopment into condos and suchlike.

The wisdom of siting condominiums along a tidal estuary, just a few meters above the current waterline and well below the future projected flood stage, seems dubious to me, but, then, I’m not a developer.

Anyhow, a recent ride across the Walkway showed that they’re sealing off the contaminated soil under what was once the lumberyard:

Poughkeepsie waterfront brownfield reclamation - overview

Poughkeepsie waterfront brownfield reclamation – overview

An excavator moves gravel from the barge, which probably came a few miles upriver (or downriver, depending on the aforementioned tidal flow) from the Tilcon quarry at Clinton (no relation) Point, into the dump trucks:

Poughkeepsie waterfront brownfield reclamation - gravel barge

Poughkeepsie waterfront brownfield reclamation – gravel barge

The scale of the operation snaps into focus when you notice the guy standing on the quay:

Poughkeepsie waterfront brownfield reclamation - truck detail

Poughkeepsie waterfront brownfield reclamation – truck detail

An old joke defines the difference between electrical and civil engineers: electrical engineers build weapon systems, civil engineers build targets…

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