Death and Life in New York Harbor

December 7, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, Queens College

The restoration of the ecology of the Hudson River estuary is perhaps the greatest accomplishment of The Clean Water Act of 1972, which required America’s cities to build hundreds of water treatment plants, according to Queens College biology professor John Waldman. “I consider it one of the most important pieces of legislation ever enacted in the country,” he said. In “Life in New York Harbor: Death and Resurrection,” a special presentation for the Science Cafe series, Prof. Waldman explores the river’s long history — from its pristine beginnings through years of industrial waste contamination, to its current rejuvenation.
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