Indian Point and Our Local Water

The Hudson River

We are proud to call the shoreline of the Hudson River our home. The Hudson River is a natural treasure and a local environmental and preservationist resource. Its water is crucial for the operation of the plant and we are confident that we undertake all of the appropriate measures to protect it.

It is important to note that although Indian Point uses water from the Hudson River to cool other water inside the plant, at no time during the cooling process does water from the Hudson come in contact with water or contaminants from the radioactive coolant system, or reactor water. Water used at Indian Point is closely monitored and sampled to ensure the plant operates in accordance with required permits and meets federal and state environmental protection standards.

Learn more about groundwater quality safety at Indian Point.

As part of our commitment to Hudson River stewardship, Indian Point :

  • Spent nearly $100 million to develop and implement new technologies to protect fish populations in the Hudson River.
  • Made a yearly contribution of approximately $100,000 to the Hudson River Fund, amounting to more than $6 million in donated funds. These contributions help the Hudson River Foundation finance scientific research on how to best protect the river from pollution.
  • Ensured that, of more than $50 million in donated funds, over $25 million of that has been given to the New York State Department for Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct independent research on the Hudson River.

Our efforts on this behalf have created results. A senior DEC official has called the results of this research the “best set of fisheries data on the planet,” and fisheries biologists determined that Indian Point does not adversely impact Hudson River adult fish populations.

Caring for Our Fish Populations

Indian Point is committed to protecting the local ecosystem, and we are confident that our operations are fully protective of the Hudson River and its fish population. In fact, a leading environmentalist has stated there are more fish per acre in the Hudson River than in any other waterway in the northern Atlantic region.

Our current fish protection systems use specifically-designed underwater screens to prevent fish as small as a finger from entering the plant along with the water that is used for cooling. The screens slowly rotate to ensure that young fish caught near them are transported to a device that safely returns them to the river and away from the water intake structures.

At certain times of the year, fish larvae and eggs can enter the plant's outermost cooling system through the fish protection screens. Studies conducted during the last 25 years demonstrate that larvae and eggs that enter the plant have no impact on the Hudson River's overall fish population. The vast majority of fish and larvae die of natural causes. Studies have also shown that slightly increased water temperatures do not adversely affect fish in the Hudson River.