Collection ID: NPKMC-221-102

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Hudson River Valley Commission
Abstract:
The Hudson River Valley Commission was a New York State Agency, established by the Legislature in 1966, to coordinate planning along the Hudson River and to encourage the balanced development of the Valley’s land and resources. The HRVC collection consists of testimony, exhibits, legal briefs, opinions& orders, publicity materials, and stenographer’s reports concerning the Storm King decision.
Extent:
2 Linear Feet
Language:
English
Preferred citation:

[Description of item, date, location of item in order of series, box number, folder number ], in the HRVC Collection: Records Relating to the Storm King Case 1966 - 1967, Archives and Special Collections, James A. Cannavino Library, Marist College.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Hudson River Valley Commission Collection consists of Testimony, Exhibits, Legal Briefs, Opinions&Orders, Publicity Materials, and Stenographers Reports concerning the Storm King Decision.

Biographical / Historical:

In September 1962, the Consolidated Edison Company announced plans to build a pumped storage facility, the largest of its kind in the world, at Storm King Mountain near Cornwall, New York. The initial application for license to construct the plant was filed with the Federal Power Commission in January 1963. Some three years later the Hudson River Valley Commission was formed by Governor Rockefeller and his staff to regulate development along the Hudson River. Widespread public concern over the social and economic impact of urban sprawl, the deterioration of scenic beauty and natural resources along the Hudson and the economic stagnation of many riverfront communities led to the creation of HRVC. The Commission was directed by law to review proposed projects within its jurisdiction “which would destroy or substantially impair significant historic or recreational resources or bring about a major change in the appearance or use of the water in the Hudson River or the surrounding land.” (From the pamphlet “What is the Hudson River Valley Commission” 105 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591, Series 4, Box 7, Folder 315 in the Seymour Collection, Archives and Special Collections, James A. Cannavino Library, Marist College) Consolidated Edison’s proposed pumped storage facility at storm King Mountain was one such project. The Hudson River Valley Commission itself did not have veto powers or the power of condemnation, however it did have the responsibility to expose a potentially damaging project to public scrutiny at an early stage.

The Storm King case lasted for 17 years, and with input from the Hudson River Valley Commission a decision was finally reached. In a negotiated settlement in December 1980, Consolidated Edison agreed to drop the plan for the Storm King facility.

The lengthy and controversial case set important precedents in environmental law and is generally credited with spawning the modern environmental movement.

Acquisition information:
Scenic Hudson, Inc presented the records to the Marist College Library in 1982.
Arrangement:

These records are organized into three series: 1. Testimony, 2. Legal Briefs, and 3. Studies, Publicity Materials, and Stenographer’s Reports.

Series are arranged chronologically or by volume number

Physical location:
Please contact the Marist College Archives and Special Collections for information regarding use and access of this collection.
Rules or conventions:
DACS Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

There are no restrictions on this collection

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Individuals requesting reproductions expressly assume the responsibility for compliance with all pertinent provisions of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. ss101 et seq. Patrons further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Marist College Archives and Special Collections and its staff in connection with any disputes arising from the Copyright Act, over the reproduction of material at the request of patrons. For more information please visit the following website: http://www.loc.gov/copyright/title17/.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Description of item, date, location of item in order of series, box number, folder number ], in the HRVC Collection: Records Relating to the Storm King Case 1966 - 1967, Archives and Special Collections, James A. Cannavino Library, Marist College.

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, United States
CONTACT:
845-575-3364
library.archives@marist.edu