Carolyn Marks Blackwood Fights For Hudson River's Safety
It's hard for many of us to imagine what it might've been like to witness the tragedies of 9/11 first-hand. Photographer Carolyn Blackwood, who called New York City home during the attacks was immediately compelled to abandon the life she'd known to instead live upstate along the Hudson River. 10 years later, her personal sanctuary now faces danger as the U.S. Coast Guard considers placing up to 43 berths, used for docking barges, on the riverbanks effectively industrializing the surrounding natural habitat.
Fearing environmental disaster from oil spills and other pollutants, Blackwood became a board member of RiverKeeper, an organization whose mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, while safeguarding the drinking water of the nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
A short film talks about her experience living on the Hudson river and how the intrusion of the barges would affect her personally, her art, and the river itself. Titled "The Hudson: A River at Risk," the video is part of a larger project by Jon Bowermaster created to bring awareness to this issue.
You can watch the documentary below and get involved with RiverKeeper online here.