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For Release: Monday, October 7, 2013

"Day in The Life of The Hudson River" Connects Students to The Hudson River Estuary

What: More than 3,000 students and teachers from New York City to Troy become "scientists for a day," collecting and analyzing real field data during hands-on exploration of the Hudson River Estuary. The Press is invited to attend.

When: Thursday, October 10, 2013. Most sites conduct programs during school hours.

Where: Eighty-five schools travel to nearby waterfronts at 65 locations between New York Harbor and the Troy dam. (The schedule below includes 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 a project of the State Environmental Protection Fund.

On Thursday October 10, thousands of students-from first graders to college undergrads-will partner with environmental education centers to collect scientific data all along the tidal Hudson to create a snapshot of the river at dozens of locations. The Hudson River Estuary Program has recruited and trained river educators to work with students at each site.

During "Day in the Life of the Hudson River" participants don waders and catch fish and invertebrates in seine nets, track the river's tides and currents, and examine water chemistry and quality. More than a field trip, "Day in the Life" allows students to use hands-on field techniques to describe their communities' natural resources, and explore how their piece of the river fits into the larger ecosystem. Findings are posted online within a few days of the event.

Now in its eleventh year, "Day in the Life" is sponsored by NYS DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and Cornell's NYS Water Resources Institute. "Day in the Life" coincides with National Estuaries Day and World Water Monitoring Day.

"This is a great example of the kind of project enabled by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund" said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "The Day in the Life" annual event enables students to experience firsthand how fish diversity relates to their local waterway. Students also learn how upriver communities connect to downriver ones, and that the watershed and the coast are part of a shared system that so many New Yorkers can benefit from."

Estuary staff will connect the field day with the classroom by conducting pre- and post-visits in 15 schools that will participate in "Day in the Life". Lessons on-site and in the classroom fulfill NYS learning standards in a variety of subjects. This year, students will be taught to use the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS), a computerized network of real-time monitoring stations on the Hudson River Estuary from Shodack Island to the New York/New Jersey harbor. Dissolved oxygen levels, water temperature turbidity, and other parameters are measured by HRECOS every 15 minutes and posted on the World Wide Web.

"Participation in 'A Day in the Life' is a great way to inspire my sixth graders to become future scientists. It helps them to better comprehend the delicate balance between the natural world, living organisms and human beings," said Phil Levine of Irvington Middle School.

The anticipated participation in this year's event will bring the total number of students, educators, and volunteers involved to more than 23,700 since 2003. Armed with seine nets and minnow pots, they've caught over 18,600 fish of 54 species, ranging from the abundant Atlantic silverside (4,898 over 10 years) to the odd summer flounder, lined seahorse and spotted hake, each caught only once. The striped bass has been one of the species caught at the 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 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" - the leading edge of dilute seawater pushing up the estuary. Daily monitoring of the salt front's location ceased when funding cuts forced the shutdown of federal government monitoring stations, but the data collected on Day in the Life does pinpoint its location on this one day each year. In dry years, the salt front may push its way to Poughkeepsie, while in wet years heavy rains have flushed the saltwater all the way down to Croton Point.

For additional information on teachers and partner organizations, or to schedule visits to a site, please email or call event coordinator Chris Bowser (; 845-802-4030). Event details can also be found on the DEC website

Participating classes continue to represent the diversity of the region's school population in both urban and rural areas. A list of confirmed sites for October 10th is below. "RM" refers to River Miles up the Hudson as measured from the Battery at Manhattan. "NY Hbr" refers to New York Harbor, "ER" is East River, "BR" is Bronx River, and "HRL" is Harlem River.

Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary, Thursday, October 10th, 2013
RM River Site Partner Organization School Time at Site
NY Hbr Gerritsen Creek Urban Park Rangers Brooklyn School of Inquiry 10:15-1:00
NY Hbr Jamaica Bay - Canarsie Pier NYSDEC Robert Van Wyck MS 217 10-12
NY Hbr Staten Island St. Clare's School 9:30-1:30
NY Hbr Governor's Island Urban Assembly New York Harbor School 10-4
ERE Brooklyn Bridge-Beach on Manhattan side Lower East Side Ecology Center MS 225 Ella Baker School 9-11
ERW Brooklyn -Manhattan Bridge-Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy St. Francis College afterschool group 3-5
BRX Hunts Point Riverside Park Rocking the Boat Rocking the Boat 4:30-6
HRL Swindler Cove New York Restoration Project Bronx Charter School for Excellence 10-12:30
HRL Sherman Creek Childrens Aid Society Afterschool MS 319 3:45-5:45
2 Hudson River Park's Pier 40 The River Project Trevor Day School 10:30-12
3 Hudson River Park's Pier 45 NYC Soil and Water Conservation District PS 3 9-2
3 Hudson River Park's Pier 45 Wallerstein Collaborative Blue School 9:30-2
4 Hudson River Park's Pier 84 Hudson River Park Trust The Eagle Academy for Young Men 10-12
4 Hudson River Park's Pier 84 Hudson River Park Trust PS 51 12-2
6 66th Street Pier(S end of Riverside Park) Speyer Legacy School 9:30-noon
11.5 Fort Washington NYSDEC International High School for Health Sciences 10:30
14 Inwood Park NYSDEC Am Park Neighborhood School 10:30
17 College of Mt. St. Vincent access point College of Mount Saint Vincent 10:30-1:20
18 Habirshaw Park, Yonkers Sarah Lawrence Center at Beczak Fox Meadows ES 10-1:30
19 Alpine Palisades Interstate Park Service Alpine School 9-11:30
23 Hasting's MacEachron Waterfront Park Hastings HS 12-2:30
25W Piermont Pier, Piermont Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Rockland County AmeriCorps Pearl River HS, Clarkstown South HS, Tappan Zee HS 8:30-2:00
25E Mathiessen Park, Irvington Irvington HS Irvington MS 8:30-12
28 Memorial Park, Nyack EPA Upper Nyack ES 10-12
28 Memorial Park, Nyack Nyack HS 9:30-1:30
30.5E Kingsland Point Park Sleepy Hollow HS 9
31 Nyack Beach- lower Strawtown Art & Garden Studio Blue Rock School 10-2
31.5 Nyack Beach steps, Hook Mtn. Park Nyack MS 8:30-12
32 Louis Engel Waterfront Park Ossining HS 8:30-1:30
35W Bowline Park, Haverstraw Nanuet HS 8:30-12:30
35E Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES

Pierre van Cortlandt MS,
Ossining HS

39.5 George's Island Pocantico Hills MS 9-2
41 Steamboat Dock, Montrose Teatown Lake Reservation Mahopac HS 9:30-12:30
43 Riverfront Green, Peekskill Constitution Marsh Walter Panas HS 8:30-10
53 Garrison Landing Hudson Highlands Land Trust Garrison Union Free School 8:30-2
55 Little Stony Point, Cold Spring Hudson Highlands Land Trust Haldane HS
Haldane MS
57 Cornwall Landing Bear Mountain State Park Tom Lake Willow Ave. ES 9:15-2:30
58 Kowawese Unique Area Museum of the Hudson Highlands Tom Lake Bishop Dunn Memorial 10:00-2:00
58 Kowawese, New Windsor Black Rock Forest Vails Gate ES 9:30-1:30
60W Dennings Point Beacon Institute of Rivers & Estuaries Oakwood Friends School 9-12:30
61E Long Dock Beacon Scenic Hudson Haldane MS 9:30-1:30
61W Newburgh Landing Storm King High School 1-3
61.1E Beacon Riverfront Park Valley Central MS 9-1:30
76W Bob Shepherd Park Highland ECC, NYSDEC Highland Middle School 9-1:30
76E Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie Day School 9:30-1
76E Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Poughkeepsie Day Nursery 10-2
78 Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie Cornell Cooperative Extension Krieger Elem. School 8:45-1:15
84.5 Norrie Point Environmental Center NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve
Poughkeepsie HS 9:30-1:30
85 Mills Mansion, north cove OCWA Arlington HS 9-12:45
87 Esopus Meadows Clearwater Robert Graves ES; Highland Residential Center
92 George Freer Park, Port Ewen Rondout Valley HS 9:45-3:15
92 Kingston Point Beach Forsythe Nature Center J. Watson Bailey MS 8:45-1:45
97 Ulster Landing Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Kingston HS 8:30-1:30
97 Sojourner Truth, Ulster Landing County Park Mill Road ES 9:30-1:30
103 Saugerties Light House Woodstock Day School 9:30-1:30
108 Lasher Memorial Park, Germantown Columbia Land Conservancy Hudson HS 9:30-2:30
115 Cohotate Preserve, Greene Co. Cornell Cooperative Extension Coxsackie-Athens HS, Cairo Durham MS 9-1:30
118 Hudson Waterfront Park Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Chatham HS 8:30-1:45
127 Stuyvesant Landing Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District Columbia County Homeschools Families 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 9:45-12
144 Rensselaer Boat Launch SCA Tech Valley HS 9:30-11
145 Corning Preserve NYSDEC Montessori Magnet School 9-2
152.5 Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet North Colonie CSD 9:30-1
153 Green Island Park Robert C. Parker School 9-11:30
154 Peebles Island NYSDEC Gardner Dickinson School; 9-11
Lock 5 Hudson Crossing Park Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County 4H 9-12
Mohawk Schoharie Creek (Rt. 145/ Rt. 30 Junction) Middleburgh CSD 12-2
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