Riverkeeper Fighting for Investigation Into Dead Fish

On Thursday the organization Riverkeeper released a statement raising concerns that construction on the new Tappan Zee Bridge may be causing numerous deaths of Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon. President of the group Paul Gallay stated that when construction began it was promised that the surrounding environment would not be harmed, but many of the endangered species of fish have been found cut in half or in pieces, showing signs that they were struck by propellers from boats traveling on the river from Westchester to Manhattan and in the area of construction. Riverkeeper is calling for a federal investigation into the many dead fish that have recently been found on the shoreline. They issued a petition with the National Marine Fisheries Services to begin looking into the deaths. According to Bryan Conybeare, an official in Governor Cuomo’s office working with the bridge project, there are only 36 vessels with propellers on the construction site and the deaths are so far unrelated to work. Currently the construction company is using “bubble curtains”, or pockets of air, to limit the impact of pile driving to underwater life, and Riverkeeper is requesting that more preventative actions be taken, such as increasing the amount used and adding cages to propellers to help prevent deaths in the fish population.

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