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posted May 7, 2008 @ 1:34 AM  |  Fun Facts category

Swimming in the Hudson River was commonplace less than a century ago, but for most of the 20th century, the Hudson was considered to be one of the most polluted rivers in the Unites States. Today, most of the Hudson River is once again clean enough for swimming. New York's former Governor George Pataki stated a goal of making the entire length of the Hudson River Estuary, from Troy to New York City, clean enough for swimming by 2009, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river. Upgrading sewage treatment plants, rigorous pollution enforcement, and some toxic site cleanups are helping to achieve that goal. Believe it or not, over the last 20 years, some of the Hudson River fish species are now safe for human consumption. Additionally, swimming is now commonplace in many areas. There are also a host of numerous open-water swimming events throughout the Hudson region, most notable is the annual Great Hudson River Swim which ends at Battery Park on the island of Manhattan.

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