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Fighting WestwayEnvironmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City$
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William W. Buzbee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451904

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451904.001.0001

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Westway’s Fill and America’s Protected Waters

Westway’s Fill and America’s Protected Waters

(p.78) 6 Westway’s Fill and America’s Protected Waters
Fighting Westway

William W. Buzbee

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on another prominent issue in Westway's legal battles—water issues, primarily in relation to the Hudson River. The water battles consisted of concerns over aquatic habitat destruction and substantial threats to fishery, as the opposition questioned claims that Westway's aquatic impacts on the Hudson would be benign. Westway's supporters, in contrast, dismissed these environmental concerns as a make-weight issue. Incremental harms to the environment seemed invisible, or at least seemed dwarfed by more obvious, immediate, localized benefits. Regardless of partisans' motivations and views, federal law required close analysis of Westway's impact on fishery, especially in terms of harm to striped bass. These laws and linked impacts soon became the focus of regulatory and judicial controversy.

Keywords:   Westway's water impacts, aquatic habitat destruction, fishery threats, Hudson River, Westway's aquatic impacts, Westway's fishery impacts, striped bass

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