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For Release: Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Day in The Life of the Hudson River" October 16 Connects Students to the Hudson River Estuary

What: Approximately 4,000 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 16, 2014. Most sites conduct programs during school hours. Full scheduled outlined in detail below.

Where: More than 80 schools travel to nearby waterfronts at 70 locations between New York Harbor and the Federal Dam at Troy. (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, a vital natural resource. The Hudson River Estuary Program is funded by the Environmental Protection Fund.

On Thursday, October 16, 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 educators to work with students at many sites.

"'The Day in the Life' annual event gives students an opportunity to experience the dynamic Hudson River firsthand with its diverse fishery, tides and currents, and the movement of its salt front," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "The event is a great opportunity for students to learn about the river's communities, watershed and ecosystem. From the river's headwaters in the Adirondacks to New York Harbor, the Hudson ecosystems are linked in ways that offer so many benefits for not only our state, but the environment as a whole."

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, the event 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. Initial findings are posted online within a few days of the event.

Now in its 12th year, "Day in the Life" is sponsored by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and Cornell University's NYS Water Resources Institute. The event coincides with National Estuaries Day and World Water Monitoring Day.

Estuary Program staff will connect the field day with the classroom by conducting pre- and post-visits in numerous 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. 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. 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 Philip Levine of Irvington Middle School in Irvington, (Westchester County).

Armed with seine nets and minnow pots, students collect data on many of the Hudson's 200-plus species of fish, from the abundant Atlantic silverside, to the odd summer flounder, lined seahorse and spotted hake, each caught only once. Fluctuations in fish catches and ranges can be due to many factors including weather, tides and salinity. 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. Most are young fish, evidence of the Hudson's importance as a nursery habitat.

Students examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river with a wide range of equipment and contraptions, such as 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. The salt front's location is tracked and modeled by the U.S. Geological Survey, but the data collected on Day in the Life can 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 well south of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

For additional information on teachers and partner organizations, or to schedule visits to a site, please email or call event coordinator Chris Bowser (chris.bowser@dec.ny.gov; 845-264-5041). Event details for Day In the Life of the Hudson River 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.

Day in the Life of the Hudson River, Thursday October 16, 2014

A list of confirmed sites for October 16th is below. "RM" refers to River Miles up the Hudson as measured from the Battery at Manhattan. "NYH" refers to New York Harbor, "ER" is East River, "BR" is Bronx River, and "HRL" is Harlem River.

RM River Site Partner Organization School Time at Site
NYH Brighton Beach, NYC NYSDEC Poly Prep Country Day School 9:30AM-2PM
NYH Gerritsen Creek, NYC NYC Parks Salt Marsh Ranger Brooklyn School of Inquiry 10:30AM-1:30PM
NYH Fort Wadsworth, NYC National Park Service St. Clare's School 9:30AM-1PM
NYH EcoDock, Bay Ridge at 69th street, NYC Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Sunset Park High School 10:30AM start
NYH Valentino Pier, Red Hook, NYC Brooklyn New School PS 146 10AM-2PM
NYH Governors Island, NYC Harbor School 11:30AM-2:30PM
ER South Street Seaport, NYC South Street Seaport HS of Economics and Finance 10-11:AM
ER South Street Seaport, NYC South Street Seaport Blue School 12:30-1:30PM
ER Beach under Brooklyn Bridge on Manhattan side, NYC Lower East Side Ecology Center Ella Baker School 9:30-11AM
ER Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NYC Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Brooklyn Friends School 9:30-11:00AM
ER Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NYC Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy & St. Francis College Afterschool MS Program 4-6PM
ER Gantry State Park, NYC PS/IS 78 Queens 9AM-1PM
ER Gantry State Park, NYC DEP & Baruch College Campus High School Hunters Point Community MS 9:30 start
ER Ward's Island, NYC The Hewitt School 9AM-2PM
BR Bronx River Concrete Plant, NYC Bronx River Alliance Globe School,MS272
BR Bronx Zoo, NYC Wildlife Conservation Society Urban Assembly School
HRL Swindler Cove, NYC NYSDEC Amistad Dual Language School 9-11:30AM
2 Pier 40, Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT), NYC The River Project Trevor Day School 10AM-12PM
3 Pier 45, Hudson River Park Trust, NYC NYC Soil &Water Conservation District PS 3 9AM-2PM
3 Pier 45, HRPT, NYC Wallerstein Collaborative, NYU M615, IS 227, M448 9AM-2PM
3 Pier 51, Playground Park, HRPT, NYC HRPT City and Country School 10AM, 2PM
3 Pier 54, HRPT, NYC Wallerstein Collaborative, NYU NYC Lab HS for Collab. Studies 12:30-2PM
3 Hoboken Pier, NJ Hoboken Charter Upper School 12-3:30PM
3.8 Pier 63, HRPT, NYC Avenues the World School 8:45-10:45AM
4 Pier 84, HRPT, NYC Hudson River Park Trust Baychester MS 10AM-12PM
4 Pier 84, HRPT, NYC Hudson River Park Trust P.S. 51 Elias Howe 12:15-2:15PM
4.1 Pier 86, HRPT, NYC The Intrepid Museum James Baldwin School 9:30AM-12PM
5 59th Street, Riverside Park South, NYC Speyer Legacy School All Day
9 Pier at 125th Street, NYC The Columbia School 10AM-3PM
11 Fort Washington Park, NYC Marymount School of New York
14 Inwood Hill Park, NYC Marble Hill School for International Studies 3:30 PM
14 Inwood Hill Park, NYC Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy 11AM-2 PM
18 Habirshaw Park, Yonkers Sarah Lawrence College at Beczak Riverdale County School 9:30AM-12PM
19 Alpine Boat Basin NJ Palisades Interstate Park Alpine School 9AM-12PM
23 Kinally Cove, MacEchron Park, Hastings Hastings HS 8:30-10:30AM, 12:30-2:30PM
24 Half Moon Restaurant, Dobb's Ferry Bio Boat EF Academy
25 Matthiessen Park, Irvington Irvington MS, HS 8AM-12PM
25 Piermont Pier, Piermont Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Pearl River HS, Clarkstown S HS 8:30AM-2:00 PM
28 Memorial Park, Nyack Dominican College, Rockland County Div. of Env. Resources Upper Nyack ES 11:45AM-2 PM
28 Memorial Park, Nyack Nyack HS 9AM-1:00 PM
28.2 Nyack Boat Club - launching in a sailboat Pascack Hills HS 8AM-2:30 PM
30 Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow HS 8:45AM start
31 Lower Nyack Beach at Hook Mountain, Nyack Strawtown Studios Blue Rock School 9:30AM-2:30PM
32 Nyack Beach steps, Hook Mountain, Nyack Nyack MS 9-11AM
32 Louis Engel Park, Ossining Ossining HS 8AM-2:30PM
35 Croton Point Park Tech Center at PNW BOCES Our Montessori School 10:30AM-1:30PM
35 Croton Point Park Westchester County Parks Pierre Van Cortlandt MS 9-1:30PM
35 Bowline Point Park Nanuet HS 8:30AM-1PM
36 Haverstraw Bay Park SUNY Rockland Community College 10AM-2PM
41 Steamboat Dock, Montrose Mahopac HS 9:30AM-1PM
43 Riverfront Green, Peekskill Constitution Marsh and Audubon Center Walter Panas HS 7:45-11AM
53 Garrison Landing Hudson Highlands Land Trust Garrison School 9:30AM-1PM
55 Little Stony Point, Cold Spring Hudson Highland Land Trust Haldane MS 9AM-2PM
57 Cornwall Landing Bear Mountain Education Center Willow Avenue ES 9:30AM-2PM
58 Kowawese Unique Area, Plum Point, New Windsor Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Bishop Dunn Memorial School 9:30AM-1:30PM
58 Kowawese Unique Area, Plum Point, New Windsor Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Orange County Community College 7-11AM
60 Dennings Point, Beacon Beacon Institute Oakwood Friend's School All Morning
60 Dennings Point, Beacon Storm King School 1-3PM
61 Beacon Riverfront Park Valley Central MS 9AM-1:30PM
61 Beacon Waterfront Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Orange County BOCES Morning Sail
61 Long Dock Park, Beacon Scenic Hudson Haldane MS
63 Chelsea Yacht Club, Wappingers Falls Wappingers MS
76 Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie Pawling ES
76 Bob Shepard Park, Highland Highland MS 9AM-1:30PM
78 Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie Cornell CEDC G.W. Krieger ES 9AM-1:30PM
84 Norrie Point Env. Center, Staatsburg Hudson River Research Reserve Poughkeepsie HS 9AM-2PM
85 Mills-Norrie State Park, Staatsburg Cary Institute Arlington HS 9AM-12:45PM
87 Esopus Meadows, Ulster Park Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Robert Graves ES 9:30AM-12PM
91 George Freer Memorial Park, Port Ewen Rondout Valley HS 9:30AM-1:30PM
92 Kingston Point Beach Forsythe Nature Center Kingston City Schools and 4H 10AM-2PM
97 Sojourner Truth, Ulster Landing Park, Saugerties Kingston High School 8:30AM-1:30 PM
97 Sojourner Truth, Ulster Landing Park, Saugerties Mill Road ES 9:30AM-12:30PM
98 Tivoli Bay South, Annandale Bard College Red Hook HS 9AM-3PM
103 Saugerties Lighthouse Woodstock Day School 10AM-1PM
108 Lasher Memorial Park, Germantown Columbia Land Conservancy Hudson HS 10AM-2PM
115 Cohotate Cornell Cooperative Extension Coxsackie-Athens HS
118 Hudson Waterfront Park Cary Institute Chatham HS 8:45AM-1:30PM
123 Coxsackie Riverfront Park Albany Academy for Girls 9:30AM start
127 Stuyvesant Landing Columbia County Soil & Water The Alternative Learning Center 3-5:30PM
138 Henry Hudson Park, Coeymans College of Saint Rose Delaware Community School 9:45-11:45AM
144 Riverfront Park, Rensselaer College of Saint Rose 4:30-6PM
145 Corning Preserve, Albany NYSDEC and City of Albany Montessori Magnet School 9AM-2PM
152 Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet North Colonie LEP 9AM-1PM
153 Green Island Park Robert C. Parker School 9:30-11:30AM
154 Peebles Island, Waterford Pine Hills ES 9:30AM-1PM
Schoharie Creek Middleburgh Central School 12:35-1:10PM

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