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For Release: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Day in the Life of the Hudson River Event to Celebrate Ten Years of Exploring the Estuary

Event Expanded to Include Activities on Long Island and the Mohawk River

What: 3,000 students and teachers, from New York City to Troy, will engage in hands-on science exploration of the Hudson River. The Press is invited to attend.

When: Thursday, October 4, 2012. Most sites run during school hours - a few after school.

Where: 70 waterfront locations between NYC and Troy (see schedule below for a selection of locations and schedules)

Why: A primary goal of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is to connect New Yorkers to nature. DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program helps prepare students to become stewards of the river's water quality and natural resources. The Hudson River Estuary Program is funded by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

On Thursday, October 4, environmental education centers and school classes all along the tidal estuary will collect scientific information and share it to portray the ecosystem on this "Day in the Life of the Hudson River." Students will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, catch fish and invertebrates in nets, track the river's tides and currents, and examine water chemistry parameters. Beyond just a field trip, a "Day in the Life" allows students to collect firsthand information about their communities' natural resources, and explore how their piece of the river fits into the larger ecosystem.

In partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Cornell's NYS Water Resource Institute, the Estuary Program has recruited and trained river educators to work with students at each site. Findings will be posted online within days of the event.

The anticipated participation in this year's event will bring the total number of students, educators, and volunteers involved to more than 20,000 since 2003. Armed with seine nets and minnow pots, they've caught more than 16,000 fish of 53 species, ranging from the abundant Atlantic silverside to the odd summer flounder, white sucker, and spotted hake, each caught only once. The striped bass has been one of the species caught at most sites, from Manhattan's saltwater piers to Columbia County's freshwater shore. Once in decline coast-wide, stripers have rebounded to a prosperous recreational fishery thanks in part to DEC efforts.

Students will examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river with a wide range of equipment and contraptions, like a home-made sediment corer assembled from local hardware supplies. High-tech refractometers and simple plastic hydrometers can both be used to measure salinity and find the "salt front" where freshwater runoff and salty seawater meet. In a dry year like 2007, the salt front had pushed its way to Poughkeepsie, while last year the rains of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee flushed the saltwater all the way down to Croton Point.

This year, the "Day in the Life" event is expanding beyond the Hudson. In addition to sites on the waterways of New York Harbor, there are also pilot sites on the Mohawk River and the south shore of Long Island.

"It all links together," said DEC Estuary Program Coordinator Fran Dunwell. "Students get to see firsthand how fish diversity relates to what is going on in their local waterway, that upriver communities connect to downriver ones, and that the watershed and the coast are part of a shared system."

Participating classes continue to represent the full diversity of the region's school population, from urban to rural settings. A list of confirmed sites for October 4 is below. "RM" refers to River Miles up the river as measured from the Battery at Manhattan. "NY Hbr" refers to New York Harbor, "ER" is East River, "BR" is Bronx River, "HRL" is Harlem River, and "MHK" is the Mohawk.

For more detailed information on A Day in the Life of the Hudson River event, visit DEC's website. For additional information on teachers and partner organizations, and to schedule visits to a site, please email or call Chris Bowser, event coordinator, (845-264-5041; chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us).

Joining in Celebrating 10 years of Day in the Life of the Hudson River,Thursday, October 4th, 2012
RM River Site Partner Organization School Time at Site
NY Hbr Brighton Beach Poly Prep Country Day School 9-2
NY Hbr Gerritsen Creek Urban Park Rangers Brooklyn School of Inquiry 9:45-11:30
NY Hbr Canarsie Pier NYSDEC International HS at Prospect Heights, Robert Van Wyck MS 10-1 9:30-2:30
NY Hbr Ft. Wadsworth National Parks Service St. Clare's School 9:30-1:30
NY Hbr Governor's Island New York Harbor School 10:30 - 12
NY Hbr Valentino Pier, Red Hook NY NJ Baykeeper PS 230 10-1
ER South Street Seaport South Street Seaport Museum Andries Hudde Junior High School (IS 240) 10:30-1:30
ERE Brooklyn -Manhattan Bridge-NYC Lower East Side Ecology Center MS 225 Ella Baker School 10-12
ERW Brooklyn -Manhattan Bridge-Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy The Brooklyn Waldorf Group 9:30-2
ER Gantry Plaza State Park DEP PS 78Q, Baruch College Campus HS 9:30-2
HRL Swindler Cove New York Restoration Project PS 5, PS 152 9 AM
HRL Sherman Cove Friends of Sherman Creek MS 319 3:30-5
HRL Ward's Island Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory The Young Women's Leadership School 11-1:30
BrR Concrete Plant Bronx River Alliance Bronx Charter School for Excellence 9-3
2 Hudson River Park's Pier 40 River Project Trevor Day School 10-12
3 Hudson River Park's Pier 45 NYC Soil and Water Conservation District, New York University PS 3, Citizen Science Teams 9-2
3 Hudson River Park's Pier 45 NYC DEP PS 78 Q, Baruch College Campus HS 9:30-2:00
4 Hudson River Park's Pier 84 Hudson River Park Trust The Eagle Academy for Young Men 9:30-1
4.1 Intrepid Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Amistad Dual Language School 10:15-1
5 Hudson River Park's Pier 95 Hudson River Park Trust Midtown West School 9 AM start
6 79th Street Boat Basin Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Collegiate School, UN International School 9-12 and 1-4
10 Fort Washington Park Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory The School at Columbia University 10-1:00 PM
14 Inwood Park Urban Park Rangers Am Park Neighborhood School 10:45-11:45
17 College of Mt. St. Vincent College of Mt. St. Vincent Frederick Douglass Academy, Palisades Prep in Yonkers 8:30-2
18 Yonkers waterfront Science Barge, Groundwork Yonkers Fox Meadow ES 9:30-2
18 Habirshaw Park, Yonkers Beczak Environmental Center Saunders HS & Riverdale Country School 9:45-1:15
19 Alpine Boat Basin Palisades Interstate Park Service Alpine ES 9-11
23 Hasting's MacEachron Waterfront Park Hastings HS 10-2:15
25W Piermont Pier, Piermont Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Pearl River HS, Clarkstown South HS, Tappan Zee HS 8:15-1:30
25E Mathiessen Park, Irvington Irvington MS, Irvington HS 9:15-1 (MS) 8:30-12 (HS)
28 Upper Nyack Waterfront US EPA Upper Nyack ES 9:30-11:30
28 Memorial Park, Nyack Nyack HS 9:30-1:30
31 Nyack Beach- lower Strawtown Studio Blue Rock School 10-2
31.5 Nyack Beach steps Nyack MS 8:30-12
32 Ossining Ossining HS 8-12
35W Bowline Park, Haverstraw Nanuet HS 8:30-1
35E Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson Westchester Parks Pierre van Cortlandt MS, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES 10:45-1:30
41 Steamboat Park, Verplanck Mahopac HS 10-12
43 Riverfront Green, Peekskill Constitution Marsh Walter Panas HS 8:30-10
53 Garrison Landing Hudson Highlands Land Trust Garrison Union Free School 8:30
55 Little Stony Point, Cold Spring Hudson Highlands Land Trust Haldane HS Haldane MS 8:30-12:30
57 Cornwall Landing Bear Mountain State Park, PIP Willow Ave. School 9:15-2:30
58 Kowawese, New Windsor Museum of Hudson Highlands Bishop Dunn Memorial School 8-3
58 Plum Point Park Orange County Community College 8-11
60 Dennings Point Beacon Institute of Rivers & Estuaries, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Gayhead ES 10-1
61 E Beacon Riverfront Park Valley Central MS 9-1:30
61E Long Dock, Beacon Scenic Hudson South Avenue ES, JV Forrestal ES 9:15-2:30
61W Newburgh Storm King High School 1-3
76 Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie Mid Hudson Children's Museum Sheafe Road ES 9:30-1
76 Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie Day School
78 Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYSDEC Krieger Elem. School, 8:30-1:30
79 Marist College Waterfront Oakwood Friends School
84.5 Norrie Point Environmental Center NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve Poughkeepsie HS 9-1:30
87 Esopus Meadows Clearwater Anna Devine ES 9:30-1:30
90 George Freer Park, Port Ewen Rondout Valley HS 8:30-1:45
92 Kingston Point Forsythe Nature Center, Minnewaska State Park J. Watson Bailey MS 9-1:30
97 Ulster Landing Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Kingston HS 8:30-1:30
97 Sojourner Truth, Ulster Landing County Park Mill Road ES 9:30-12:30
103 Saugerties Light House Woodstock Day School 10-2
108 Lasher Memorial Park, Germantown Columbia Land Conservancy Hudson HS 9-1:30
115 Cohotate Preserve, Greene Co. Cornell Cooperative Extension Coxsackie-Athens HS, Cairo-Durham MS 8:30-1
118 Hudson Waterfront Park Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Chatham HS 8:30-1
123 Coxsackie Riverside Park NYSDEC Albany Academy for Girls 9-9:30 start
127 Stuyvesant Landing, Stuyvesant Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District Alternative Learning Center 3-5
133 Schodack Island State Park Children's Museum of Science and Tech. Carol Hill School 9:30-1
138 Henry Hudson Park, Bethlehem College of Saint Rose Delaware Community School 9:30-12
144 Rensselaer Boat Launch NYSDEC, HRECOS Tech Valley HS 10-11:15
145 Corning Preserve NYSDEC Montessori Magnet School 9 AM start
152 Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet North Colonie CSD 9:30-12:30
153 Green Island Park Robert C. Parker School 9:30-11:30
MHK Peebles Island NYSDEC Doane Stuart School 9-12
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