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Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda

The cover of the draft Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda showing a group of children with a blue crab
The cover of the Hudson River
Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014

The Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014 (PDF) (2.6 MB) is a forward-looking plan developed through significant community participation up and down the river from the Troy dam to upper New York Harbor.

For an illustrated summary of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014, please see the Action Agenda Summary Brochure (PDF, 2.81 MB).

The Action Agenda provides an ecosystem based management approach to addressing the critical issues facing the Hudson River estuary and Valley today. It is the primary planning tool of the Hudson River Estuary Program and identifies the actions needed to carry out the Program's core mission. The Action Agenda is split into 12 key goals:

  • Goal 1: Signature Fisheries
  • Goal 2: River and Shoreline Habitats
  • Goal 3: Valley Habitats and Ecosystems
  • Goal 4: Streams and Tributaries of the Hudson River Estuary Watershed
  • Goal 5: River Scenery, Forests, Farms and Open Space
  • Goal 6: Climate Change
  • Goal 7: Public Access
  • Goal 8: Education
  • Goal 9: Waterfront Revitalization
  • Goal 10: Water Quality
  • Goal 11: Contaminant Reduction
  • Goal 12: Celebrate Progress and Partnerships

The Action Agenda 2010-2014 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, and 2005.

Coordinated by the Hudson River Estuary Program, the Action Agenda will be 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-profits, academic and scientific institutions, businesses, trade organizations, conservation groups, landowners and dedicated volunteers. State agency partners include the Department of State, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, the Office of General Services, and the Department of Health.

The Hudson River Estuary Program Accomplishments 2005-2009: Progress in Implementing 05-09 Action Agenda (PDF) (419 KB) reports on the collective accomplishments for state agencies and community partners in meeting the Action Agenda's goals and targets for the years 2005-2009. The report includes a summary of progress for each of the plan's 12 goals as well as narrative summaries and status reports for each target listed in the Action Agenda.

To see progress made from 2011 to 2012 towards achieving the goals of the Action Agenda, download the Detailed Progress Report on Activities in 2010, 2011, & 2012 to Achieve the Targets of the 2010-2014 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda (PDF) (1.44 MB).

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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