Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines
The restoration project at Esopus Meadows
incorporated natural features which have improved
habitat and recreational access.
Along the Hudson River Estuary's 300 miles of shoreline, communities are experiencing increased flooding from changing rainfall patterns and greater inundation from rising waters. Pressure is growing to alter shorelines to hold back the waters and control erosion, and community leaders, regulators, landowners, and funders are faced with important decisions about investments in shoreline infrastructure. These decisions will affect community waterfront use - and determine the future of vital near-shore river habitats.
The Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project aims to develop science-based recommendations for shore zone management that preserve or enhance natural benefits while meeting engineering needs. Through a collaborative process, the project engages key shoreline stakeholders and decision-makers, including property owners, regulators, policy-makers, experts and consultants, in order to build consensus about preferred methods for shoreline stabilization.
The project is a multi-year effort lead by the NYSDEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, in cooperation with the Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. Partners in the Project include Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Stevens Institute of Technology. The Consensus Building Institute facilitates the Project.
Partial sill at the Coxsackie Boat launch
protects the shore from ice and wave erosion.
The Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project has five overarching objectives:
• Characterize present and future estuary and shoreline conditions
• Determine ecological, engineering, and economic trade-offs of shoreline management options
• Characterize shoreline decision-making arenas and opportunities
• Demonstrate innovative shorelines and best management practices
• Create shoreline decision tools and communicate results
For more detailed information on the ecological, engineering and social science work, please visit the project webpage in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website"