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For Release: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

DEC and Partners Host 5,000 Student Scientists at 17th Annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson And Harbor"

Scientific Data Collection Connects Students with River and New York Harbor

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that shorefronts up and down the Hudson River and the piers of New York Harbor are being taken over by an estimated 5,000 local students armed with seine nets, minnow pots, and water testing gear to collect data and study the Hudson River's fish and invertebrates, track the river's tides and currents, and examine water quality and chemistry during DEC's 17th annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor."

"DEC's annual 'Day in the Life' event is a great opportunity for thousands of students to experience the diverse habitats and fishery of the Hudson River, while helping to gather valuable research data," said Commissioner Seggos. "From the river's headwaters in the Adirondacks to New York Harbor, the health of the Hudson is essential for residents, visitors, and our economy, and today's event showcases the river's significant value while inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards."

New York students from elementary through college partner with environmental education centers to collect scientific data using hands-on field techniques to capture a snapshot of the river's ecology at more than 100 sites along the Hudson. The data collected by students provides insights into an ecosystem spanning 160 miles of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and is posted online after the event. Participating classes represent the diversity of the school population in urban and rural communities along the estuary. This year, the program's 17th, an estimated 5,000 students and educators from more than 100 schools will participate.

More than a field trip, Day in the Life gives students the opportunity to don waders or use a fishing rod to collect data on many of the Hudson's 200-plus species of fish. Most are young fish, evidence of the Hudson's importance as a nursery habitat. Some years students catch surprising fish like seahorses, conger eels, and needle fish. Students also examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river with a wide range of equipment such as dissolved oxygen and pH kits, to high-tech refractometers and simple plastic hydrometers to measure salinity and find the salt front - the leading edge of dilute seawater pushing up the estuary.

DEC estuary program staff connect the field day with the classroom by conducting pre- and post-visits in numerous schools that participate in Day in the Life. Lessons on-site and in the classroom fulfill state learning standards in a variety of subjects. Post-trip activities connect students to other sites through the data that was collected up and down the estuary. Additionally, students will learn about the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS), a computerized network of real-time monitoring stations extending from Manhattan to the Mohawk River. These data can be used to help students better understand the dynamic factors that are constantly impacting the Hudson River ecosystem.

Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor is sponsored by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Cornell University's New York State Water Resources Institute, and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. The event has sparked other Day in the Life events on waterways throughout New York State.

Further event details can be found on the DEC website. A list of participating schools, partners, and event locations is below:

"Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor"
Borough or County River Site School Partner Organization Time at Site
Staten Island Fort Wadsworth St. Clare School National Park Service/DEP/Coast Guard 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Staten Island Great Kills Park Curtis High School 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Staten Island Pier 1 Staten Island Curtis High School 10 AM - 2 PM
Brooklyn Kaiser Park, Coney Island Rachel Carsen IS 237 City Parks Foundation 10 AM - 1 PM
Brooklyn Salt Marsh Nature Center at Ave U Gerritsen Creek PS 130K 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Brooklyn Valentino Pier, Red Hook The Brooklyn New School/PS 146 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Brooklyn Coney Island Pier IS 240 10 AM - 1 PM
Brooklyn Canarsie Pier Pathways to Graduation, International High School at Lafayette 10 AM - 1 PM
Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Park MS915 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5 Brooklyn Friends, Sunset Park High School Billion Oyster Project Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 9 AM - 11 AM
11 AM - 3 PM
Queens Francis Lewis Park International High School for Health Sciences NYC Parks Urban Rangers 10 AM - 1 PM
Queens Fort Totten Park John Bowne High School NYC Parks Urban Rangers 10:30 AM - 1 PM
Queens Gantry Plaza State Park, Pier 1 P.S./I.S. 78Q NY State Parks 9 AM - 11 AM
Queens Gantry Plaza State Park, Pier 4 Hunter's Point Community Middle School, Vanguard High School DEP 9 AM - 2 PM
Bronx Hunts Point The School at Columbia University
Rocking the Boat 10 AM - 2 PM
Bronx Concrete Plant Park Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics Bronx River Alliance 10 AM - 12 PM
Bronx Concrete Plant Park Pelham Preparatory Academy 10 AM - 12:45 PM
New Jersey Colgate Clock on Exchange Place Hudson Montessori School 9 AM - 12 PM
New Jersey Englewood Boat Basin Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented Meadowlands Environment Center 9:30 AM - 12 PM
New Jersey Alpine Boat Basin Alpine School, Pascack Hills High School Palisades Interstate Park Commission 8:30 AM - 12 PM
Manhattan Governors Island Pier 101 The Urban Assembly NY Harbor School Billion Oyster Project 10 AM - 2:30 PM
Manhattan Randall's Island The Dwight School Randall's Island Park Alliance 9:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge West Side East Leman Prep Manhattan BioBoat 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge Beach Manhattan International Lower East Side Ecology Center 10:45 AM
Manhattan Pier 40 NYC Museum School The River Project, Hudson River Park 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Manhattan Pier 45 Ellis Preparatory Academy NYU Wallerstein Collaborative 11 AM - 12 PM
Manhattan Pier 45 NYC Lab High School 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Manhattan Pier 62 PS 340 10 AM - 11:45 AM
Manhattan Pier 84 DLMS-MS247 HS for Environmental Science Hudson River Park Trust 10 AM - 2 PM
Manhattan Pier 96 Mott Hall Charter School 10 AM - 1PM
Manhattan Pier 96 High School for Environmental Studies Student Conservation Association 3:30 PM
Manhattan Pier 1 Speyer Legacy School 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Manhattan West Harlem Pier - 125th Street Baylander High School of Language and Innovation Baylander Ship 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Manhattan 125th Street Pier Columbia Secondary School 1:15 PM - 2:10 PM
Manhattan Fort Washington Park Marymount School of NY 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Manhattan Inwood at the Hudson River Comprehensive Model School Project NYC Urban Park Rangers 10 AM - 1 PM
Rockland Piermont Pier Tappan Zee HS, Pearl River HS, Spring Valley HS, Carkston North and South HS Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Rockland Memorial Park, Nyack Nyack High School 9 AM - 1 PM
Rockland Memorial Park, Nyack Liberty Elementary School, Upper Nyack Elementary School Outdoor Science Alliance, and Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources 9 AM - 3 PM
Rockland Lower Hook Mtn. Nyack Beach Blue Rock School Strawtown Studio 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM
Rockland Haverstraw Bay County Park, West Haverstraw North Rockland High School 8;30 AM - 1:30 PM
Westchester Habirshaw Park, Yonkers High School for Environmental Studies Center for the Urban River at Beczak 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Westchester Kinnally Cove, Hastings on Hudson Hastings High School

8;45 AM - 10:45 AM

12:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Westchester Dobbs Ferry EF International Boarding School 9 AM - 3 PM
Westchester Matthiessen Park, Irvington Irvington Middle and High School 9 AM - 11 AM
Westchester Riverwalk Center, Terrytown Ossining HS Teatown 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Westchester Ossining Beach, Louis Engel Park Ossining HS 9 AM - 2 PM
Westchester Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson Croton-Harmon High School, Fox Meadow Elementary School 10 AM - 2 PM
Westchester Steamboat Dock, Verplanck Mahopac High School 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Westchester River Front Green, Peekskill Walter Panas High School 8 AM - 1:30 PM
Orange Cornwall Landing, Cornwall Willow Avenue Elementary Trailside Museum & Zoo, NYSDEC 9:30 AM - 2 PM
Putnam Garrison Landing, Garrison Garrison School 9 AM - 1 PM
Orange West Point - South Dock West Point School & Girls Scouts of America 8 AM - 5 PM
Orange Plum Point, Kowawese Vails Gate STEAM Academy Black Rock Consortium, Orange County Water Authority 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Orange People's Waterfront & Boat Launch, Newburgh Newburgh Free Academy - P-Tech Scenic Hudson 9 AM - 1:45 PM
Dutchess Dennings Point, Beacon Oakwood Friends School Beacon Institute 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Dutchess Beacon-Newburgh Ferry Landing, Beacon Circleville Elementary School Sloop Clearwater 9 AM - 4 PM
Dutchess Long Dock Park, Beacon Newburgh Free Academy - P-Tech Scenic Hudson 9 AM - 1:45 PM
Dutchess Beacon Riverfront Park, Beacon Valley Central Middle School 9 AM - 1:30 PM
Dutchess Chelsea Yacht Club, New Hamburg Wappingers Junior High School 8:15 AM - 1:30 PM
Dutchess Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie G.W. Krieger Elementary School Cornell Cooperative Extension and Hudson River Fisheries Unit 9 AM - 1:15 PM
Dutchess Norrie Point, Staatsburg Poughkeepsie High School, Millbrook School Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Dutchess Tivoli Bay South, Bard College Red Hook High School Bard College 9 AM - 1:30 PM
Ulster Freer Park, Port Ewen High Meadow School NYSDEC 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Ulster Esopus Meadows Point, Ulster Park Robert Graves Elementary Sloop Clearwater 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Ulster Kingston Point Park, Kingston Robert Graves Elementary Kingston Parks and Recreation 9:45 AM - 1:45 AM
Ulster Kingston Point Park, Kingston Kingston YMCA Farm Project Kingston Parks and Recreation 2:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Ulster Ulster Landing Park, Kingston Mill Road Elementary School, Kingston High School 8:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Ulster Falling Waters, Glasco Saugerties High School 8 AM - 9 AM
Greene Coxsackie Boat Launch, Coxsackie Coxsackie Elementary School 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Columbia Lasher Park, Germantown Hudson High School Columbia Land Conservancy 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Columbia Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson Chatham High School, Taconic Hills High School, Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM
Columbia Nutten Hook, Stuyvesant Averill Park HS 8 AM - 1:30 PM
Rensselaer Schodack Island, Schodack Landing Berkshire Waldorf High School 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Rensselaer Papscanee Preserve, Castleton-on-Hudson Robert C. Parker School 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Rensselaer Rensselaer Boat Launch, Rensselaer Tech Valley High School Children's Museum of Science and Technology 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Albany Hannacroix Creek Preserve, New Baltimore Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School, Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School NYSDEC 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Albany Henry Hudson Park, Bethlehem Albany Academies College of Saint Rose 9 AM - 1 PM
Albany Corning Preserve, Albany Albany Magnet Montessori School NYSDEC 9 AM - 1:30 PM
Albany Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet North Colonie CSD Learning Enrichment Program 9 AM - 1 PM
Albany Green Island RPI 1 PM - 3 PM
Albany Peebles Island, Waterford Cohoes HS 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Schoharie Schoharie Creek, Middleburgh Bridge Middleburgh Central School 8 AM - 10 AM
Schenectady Lock 7 Park, Mohawk River, Niskayuna RiverRun Community Montessori School 9 AM - 12 PM
Saratoga Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville Schuylerville Elementary School 10 AM - 2 PM
Rensselaer Hoosick Falls Hoosick Falls High School 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM
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