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Scooping river mud puts skill, technology to the test

Dredge operators working on project supplied by Local 106

John Haggard, GE’s Hudson River project manager, explains how newly designed buckets work to dredge sediment from the river in this April 30 photo.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
John Haggard, GE’s Hudson River project manager, explains how newly designed buckets work to dredge sediment from the river in this April 30 photo.
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From outside his rig, excavator operator Richard Mosher’s job may look like any other dredging operation on any river in the world. Using two operating sticks in his cab, he drops the bucket of his excavator into the muddy Hudson River to scrape out the PCB-laden muck from the river bottom, then swings the bucket over to a barge, where it’s dumped to be taken away and processed. But, back in his cab, it’s a ...


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