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For Release: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Media Advisory for Thursday, October 10 - A Day in The Life of The Hudson River Estuary 2013

Commissioner Martens to attend Capital Region "Day in the Life" Events

On Thursday, October 10, environmental education centers and school classes all along the tidal estuary will collect and share scientific information to portray the river ecosystem as part of a "Day in the Life of the Hudson River." Three thousand students from around the state will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, catch fish in nets, collect water and invertebrate samples, 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.

Who: DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and DEC Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources James Tierney join staff from the Hudson River Estuary program and students and teachers from the Montessori Magnet School to engage in hands-on science exploration of the Hudson River.

What: A primary goal of DEC is to connect New Yorkers to nature. DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program helps encourage and prepare students to become stewards of the river's water quality and natural resources.

Where: Albany's Corning Preserve Boat Launch site (north end of the preserve, under I-787 overpass) followed by visit to City of Albany's Jennings Landing (Amphitheatre). Groups will be rotating through stations.

When: Thursday, October 10, 9:45 a.m. at Albany's Corning Preserve Boat Launch; 10:15 a.m. at Albany's Jennings Landing (Amphitheatre).

Additional sites include more than 60 waterfront locations between NYC and Troy (see "Day In The Life of The Hudson River" press release for a selection of locations and schedules available on DEC's website.

The Press is invited to attend.

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