Activists swim in Hudson River to promote water quality
A group of marathon swimmers dove into the Hudson River near Tarrytown today in an effort to prove the water isn't as polluted as it once was.
"I think a lot of people consider the Hudson a polluted waterway, and that certainly has been the case decades ago," says environmentalist Dave Barra. "It is getting a lot cleaner as communities are willing to invest in the treatment of their wastewater."
Today's swim was the latest stretch of a 120-mile journey dubbed the "8 Bridges - Hudson River Swim." The seven-day, seven-stage swim began near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in the Catskills.
Swimmers say some of the money raised from the event will be going to the environmental group Riverkeeeper to help keep the Hudson River clean for future generations.