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 river shoreline habitats.
The Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project has developed 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. These methods are focused on natural and nature based features that are engineered to hold up to the conditions in the Hudson River Estuary. Read about the sites through case studies and a forensic analysis to study how the sites fared in recent hurricanes on the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project website in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" on the right sidebar for more information.
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 demonstration site case studies, and ecological, engineering, and social science research, please visit the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project webpage in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" on the right sidebar for more information.
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.