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For Release: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DEC Celebrates Hudson River Day 2012

New this Year is the "Great Hudson River Fish Count"

On Saturday, July 21, the fourth annual Hudson River Day will offer river and riverfront community events spanning the Hudson River from New York City to Albany, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The celebration is focused on the five themes of the 2010-14 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda: Clean Water, Habitat, River Access, Climate Change and Scenery.

"The Hudson River Day activities are a great time for New Yorkers to take part in all the recreational opportunities the area provides," said Commissioner Martens. "Hiking, sailing, swimming and seining will all take place on and near the water to celebrate the natural assets of the region, provide an opportunity for community engagement and highlight the goals regional environmental partners work toward accomplishing on the Hudson River."

A new feature of Hudson River Day 2012 is the Great Hudson River Fish Count. The Hudson and its watershed are home to more than 200 species of fish, including several species that migrate up the river and its tributaries each spring to spawn. At numerous sites on July 21, naturalists will use seine nets to capture live fish from the Hudson and show visitors these creatures usually hidden below the river's surface. The results will be shared between sites throughout the day to see how many of the Hudson's fish species can be found.

Full descriptions of all Hudson River Day events, including Great Hudson River Fish Count seine programs, are listed at Hudson River Day website (link in the right column).

This collaborative celebration is presented by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River Valley Greenway, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, and Hudson River Maritime Museum, Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club and many other partners. For more information on Hudson River Day and a full list of all participating organizations, please visit Hudson River Day website.

The Hudson River Estuary Program is a project of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. For more information on the Hudson River Estuary Program visit DEC's website.

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