The CAC recommended to the Village Board of Trustees that the canoe launch be named after Croton’s original environmentalist – Theodore J. Cornu – who founded the Hudson Valley “Echoes." As a member of the Echoes, you pledge to preserve the Croton and Hudson Rivers and its environs. Cornu designed a certificate for each Echo member.
The plaque, which was designed by local resident and graphic artist Elton Robinson, is a copy of the Echo certificate, with a commemoration of Cornu written by Ed Rondthaler. Mr. Rondthaler met Theodore Cornu in the 1940’s and is a long-time member of the Hudson Valley Echoes.The plaque reads:
Echo Canoe Launch
As a commemoration of the environmental stewardship over these waterways of Theodore J. Cornu and his Hudson Valley “Echoes”
During his youth in New York City, Theodore J. Cornu (1885-1986) rescued a damaged canoe from the wreckage of a hardware store’s fire and laboriously repaired it. For several summers he and a friend camped alongside Indian Brook at its confluence with the Croton River. During his college years at Cooper Union he had become a skilled artist, and his own research made him an authority on Indian history. With pen drawings of the river in its pristine Indian days, he aroused an indifferent public into action against the railroad’s pollution. With characteristic originality he urged all citizens to become lifetime “Echoes” of the Hudson Valley by pledging, whenever and wherever the opportunity arose, to “save and faithfully defend from waste and pollution the natural resources of our
country.” As the Hudson and its Croton tributary again sparkle with radiance and purity, we owe a salute to Theodore J. Cornu for his foresight and determination to restore our two rivers to their pristine glory.