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Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda

The Draft Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2015-2020 (PDF 1.14 MB) is a conservation and restoration blueprint that guides the work of the Estuary Program and its partners. The Action Agenda defines the challenges we face and identifies practical solutions that can be carried out by civic leaders, policy makers, and citizens working together.

The Action Agenda provides a framework for managing, restoring, and conserving the Hudson Estuary and its watershed resources for residents, visitors, and future generations. The Draft 2015-2020 Action Agenda is organized around six key benefits that result from a strong and vibrant estuary ecosystem and watershed.

  • Clean Water
  • Resilient Communities
  • Vital Estuary Ecosystem
  • Estuary Fish, Wildlife, & Habitats
  • Natural Scenery
  • Education, River Access, Recreation, & Inspiration

The Draft Action Agenda 2015-2020 is the result of a planning process that began in May 1996 when the first Estuary Action Plan was approved. It was later updated in 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2010.

Coordinated by the Hudson River Estuary Program, the Action Agenda is implemented over a five year period by DEC and in partnership with other state agencies and the federal government, as well as local municipalities, non-profit groups, academic and scientific institutions, businesses, trade organizations, conservation groups, landowners, and dedicated citizens. State and federal agency partners include the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, the Office of General Services, the Departments of Health and Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA.

Details of the accomplishments of the Hudson River Estuary Program and its partners in meeting the objectives of the Action Agenda are available in the Estuary Program Progress Reports.

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