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Seeger does just that, early and late, at the Beacon park his club created on the site of an abandoned dump. "I should be retiring now," he confided to me. "But I'm more enthusiastic than ever about Clearwater'sachievements, and I want to contribute more." Storm Over Storm King Hudson conservationists won an astonish ing early victory when a handful of river people blocked plans of one of the nation's largest power companies. In 1962 Consolidat ed Edison announced its intention to cut 500 feet into a 1,355-foot r fountain named Storm King in the dramatic gorge of the Hudson Highlands. There a pumped-storage plant would raise river water to a mountaintop reservoir. At hours of peak power demand in New York City, water plummeting back into the river would generate electricity. Nearby Cornwall-on-Hudson was pleased by the prospect of employment and a broader tax base. Residents of other towns were en raged. Frances Reese recalled the consterna tion of her neighbors as we relaxed on the porch of her home beside Wappinger Creek. "We are not against progress or power plants. We just want them sited where they The Hudson: "That River's Alive"