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Solving Water Podcast featured Seidenberg Professor John Cronin in "Solving Water Podcast"

03/03/2021

Solving Water Podcast featured Seidenberg Professor John Cronin in "Solving Water Podcast"

On the latest episode of Solving Water, host Amanda Holloway is joined by Jess Moyer, Senior Scientist with Xylem’s Advanced Technology & Innovation team, and Professor John Cronin, founding director of Blue CoLab in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University and Adjunct Professor. The crew discusses how actions such as policy making and advocacy can help drive technological innovations in the water industry, the need for communicating these updates to the public, and more.

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CBS News featured Pace University Professor John Cronin in "Humpback whales have made a comeback in New York City"

10/14/2020

CBS News featured Pace University Professor John Cronin in "Humpback whales have made a comeback in New York City"

A whale sighting in New York would have been almost unimaginable a few years ago. Now, the city is welcoming back whales. New York has seen a surge in whale sightings this year, CBS New York reports. The Hudson River, which flows along the western stretch of Manhattan, is a lot cleaner than it was in the past. “New York City is a water city,” says Pace University Professor John Cronin. A whale “does not know its swimming through a city and that what makes this such an amazing place.”

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"National Geographic" featured Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Professor of environmental policy and Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin in "14-foot fish spotted in river, giving hope to vanished giant’s return"

03/07/2019

"National Geographic" featured Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Professor of environmental policy and Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin in "14-foot fish spotted in river, giving hope to vanished giant’s return"

Sustainable management?

To widen the view of this sonar signal, I turned first to John Cronin, an old friend who’s encountered the Hudson and its biological bounty in more ways than anyone I know. His four-decade-plus career along the Hudson has included commercial fishing for shad (a species now gone from the river), patrolling for pollution as the Hudson Riverkeeper and teaching environmental policy at nearby Pace University.

He sees last summer’s sonar image less as a sign of hope than a reminder of just how profound the near-complete depletion of the Atlantic sturgeon has been—along with the loss of other once-keystone commercial species like the American shad.

The loss is not just of fish but of the relationship communities have with their environment when fisheries are sustainable, Cronin said. He lamented how mismanagement of harvests, even when the science was clear, led to the final crash in the 1990s and then a ban on catches that will persist for many years, if not decades, to come.

In an essay on his Earth Desk blog in 2013, centered on Native American lore around a “sturgeon moon,” Cronin captured the epic scale of the jolt this ancient species has felt in Earth’s Anthropocene age of human impacts.

“Overharvesting of its meat and caviar, pollution, habitat alteration, power plant intakes—the list of insults that humans have invented trump every challenge thrown in the sturgeon’s path during 2,000,000 centuries of life on Earth,” he wrote. “Worth remembering the next time someone passes you the caviar….”

Given the slow maturation and long lives of sturgeon, the losses have been akin to clearcutting an ancient forest, agreed John Waldman, a biology professor at the City University of New York and author of Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and their Great Fish Migrations.

What did he think of the sonar view of a fish as big as the biggest Atlantic sturgeon of any age?

“This makes me think we often don’t really know that much about the status of sturgeon in any river,” Waldman said.

He said the biggest sturgeon are big for a reason: “They’re almost totally cryptic and elusive and this is deep and murky water.”

Sturgeon have been known to leap from the water on occasion, he said, “but it’s not like spotting the humpback whale that was in the lower Hudson a few years ago. They surface every few minutes.”

“It’s a marvelous thing to see, even if just that one for now,” Waldman said.

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"Tarrytown Patch" featured Pace University's Dyson senior fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin in "Feds' NYC Storm Barrier Plan: Meetings Wednesday In Westchester"

10/03/2018

"Tarrytown Patch" featured Pace University's Dyson Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin in "Feds' NYC Storm Barrier Plan: Meetings Wednesday In Westchester"

...Alternative plans include multiple shorter barriers from Staten Island to Brooklyn and at various other locations blocking tributaries. The cost for the project has been estimated as high as $50-60 billion and could take decades to complete. Concerns have been raised that it could cause worse flooding in certain areas and harm nearby beaches. Environmentalists have raised concerns for many species that call the Atlantic Ocean home, including some that are on the endangered list.

"The federal government has done little to protect and restore the Hudson, compared to other major estuaries," said John Cronin, former Riverkeeper and senior fellow for Environmental Affairs at Pace University. "Instead, it has a long history of reckless proposals that would further damage the river. The latest Army Corps proposal is the worst I have seen in my 45 year career."

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"The Daily Gazette" featured Professor John Cronin in "Original Riverkeeper Paying Visit to Schoharie"

08/20/2018

"The Daily Gazette" featured Professor John Cronin in "Original Riverkeeper Paying Visit to Schoharie"

When John Cronin, the original Riverkeeper, jumped into his custom-built, 26-foot boat back in 1983 and began looking for polluters on the Hudson River, he wasn't convinced his actions were practical, and he wondered just how much impact he might actually have.

"There wasn't a little voice in the back of my mind, asking me what I was doing," remembers Cronin. "It was a big voice, shouting at me, 'what the heck are you doing?' I was hoping to make a difference, but I didn't know what I was doing. I was in a position that had been created by a bunch of fisherman. I had no real authority to do anything."

Thirty-five years later, Cronin is a Senior Fellow at the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University on the Hudson River just north of White Plains. His connection to the river and his advocacy for our environment goes back to 1973 when he met Pete Seeger in Beacon on the western shore of the Hudson. Cronin's long battle to protect the environment and New York's waterways, and his close connection to Seeger, the legendary folksinger and activist, will all be part of the discussion when he delivers the keynote address at "Writing the Watershed," a literary arts festival being held Friday through Sunday at the Schoharie River Center at 2025 Burtonville Road in the Montgomery County town of Charleston.

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