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Oysters Being Moved As Dredging For New Tappan Zee Bridge Set To Begin

Crews Transferring Colonies About A Mile South To Safer Waters
Crews harvest oysters near the Tappan Zee Bridge on Friday, July 26, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Crews harvest oysters near the Tappan Zee Bridge on Friday, July 26, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Nearly 200,000 oysters are being moved further down the Hudson River before dredging begins this summer for the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

A three-man crew is spending the week pulling colonies of oysters into buckets and transferring them about a mile south towards Manhattan.

“There are oysters in the area where they’re going to dredge,” Brian Coneybeare , the governor’s special advisor to the Tappan Zee project, told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller. “We don’t want those oysters taken away with the dredging material that’s going to be disposed of, so we’re trying to get as many of those oysters out of there as we can and put them into a safer habitat.”

Coneybeare said the oysters are a sign that the Hudson River is coming back after years of pollution.

“They actually help clean the water themselves and the fact that we’re finding as many live oysters as we are has been a very pleasant surprise,” he said.

It will cost about $100,000 to move the oysters, Miller reported.

Dredging for the new bridge is set to begin in August.

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