By Daniel Katzive
A huge mass of what looked like white blocks made its way up the Hudson River Friday afternoon, passing Riverside Park as the tide came. West Side Rag reader Joel Bernstein reached out to report there seemed to have been a major discharge of styrofoam into the river.
Contacted via Twitter, the Riverkeeper organization told WSR that its patrol boat captain John Lipscomb looked at our photos but had been unable to determine what it was. Riverkeeper told us though that on a previous occasion where similar foam chunks had been detected near the George Washington Bridge, the substance had been traced back to fire fighting exercises onshore that had allowed foam to escape into the river via storm drains. They emphasized that there could be numerous reasons for the foam blocks and cannot speculate on what is causing this particular occurrence.
WSR has also reached out to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and this article will be updated if the agency is able to provide any further information.
Riverkeeper says members of the public can directly report unusual conditions they observe along the river on the Riverkeeper website: https://www.riverkeeper.org/get-involved/violations/