14 NEXT STEPS: MONITORING TO VERIFY PERFORMANCE The dredging project EPA conceived was shaped by more than a dozen years of study, exhaustive input from scientists, elected officials, environmental groups and local community leaders, more than five years of planning, and six years of dredging. It was approved by and closely overseen by EPA and New York State. EPA scrupulously followed the decision-making process set forth in law and regulation, and its approach on the Hudson is the approach the Agency follows nationwide. A mallard scans the blue waters of the Hudson near Fort Edward, NY. Poughkeepsie POUGHKEEPSIE PCB LEVELS IN WATER 36%