Gil Hawkins from the the Hudson River Fishermen's Association wrote a moving opinion piece in the Times Union this week: "Long before I knew anything about the glorious Hudson River, and long before I knew how General Electric Co. had dumped tons of toxic PCBs into the river for decades, my father took me fishing near the George Washington Bridge.
I was just 10. But I can still see the river that day, filthy with raw sewage. Only catfish and eels competed with the garbage and seaweed for our hooks. Even I could tell the Hudson had fallen on hard times.
A decade later, a few brave fishermen from the organization I now head, the Hudson River Fishermen's Association, decided to take on the industrial goliaths who had polluted our river. Soon, other groups, armed with the Clean Water Act of 1972, took up the call. The push for a cleaner Hudson was under way." Read more here.
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