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Ed Lynch with his bike on Vassar campus
Ed Lynch has lived on College Avenue since 1979. Before that, he lived in the Wappingers Creek area, where he canoes even today. As a longtime area resident, Mr. Lynch remembers many of the events that we have written about on this blog.
While attending middle school in […]

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At one time, the 36 acre property located at 275 Van Wagner Road was the final resting place for around 90% of the industrial and commercial waste generated by the city and town of Poughkeepsie.  The history of the site is marked by repeated violations of health and environmental codes.

A […]

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On the left, mobster “Matty the Horse” was affiliated with the  FICA landfill.  On the right, operations at the landfill cease when the Health Department steps in.
By mid-July of 1977, a temporary injunction against further dumping at the Van Wagner Road property was finally granted.  A few weeks later it was discovered that portions of […]

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The abandoned Schatz Federal Bearing Company waste disposal site can be seen from the Rail Trail.
The Schatz site is located along Van Wagner Road, at the edge of the Casperkill watershed.  The site was originally a marshy wetland until extensive landfilling by the Schatz Company completely changed the topography of the area.  Five of the […]

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What is that Orange Ooze?

Orange ooze at the mouth of a culvert that channels water through the old Burnett Boulevard landfill underneath the Route 44 and Dutchess Center Plazas.
Background information:
Our interview with Alison Keimowitz, a Chemistry Professor at Vassar College, about the orange ooze actually started with her asking us a question: “What is in a landfill?”
Nadine and […]

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In 1940 John Van De Water leased the land that was once occupied by the Poughkeepsie Brick Corporation to the Town of Poughkeepsie (see The Rise and Fall of “Brickyard Hill”).  At that time the 120-acre property was really just an enormous hole in the ground, left from a century and a half of clay […]

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