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Hudson River Estuary Program

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Find out about the web of life in the tidal Hudson and the interconnected initiatives of DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program. Watch Connected: The Hudson River Estuary(leaves DEC website).

Helping People Enjoy, Protect & Revitalize the Hudson River & Its Valley

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What is the Hudson River Estuary Program?

The Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. Created in 1987 through the Hudson River Estuary Management Act, the program focuses on the tidal Hudson and adjacent watershed from the federal dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City, including upper New York-New Jersey Harbor (see map of Hudson River Estuary Program Boundary (PDF). The program works with many groups to develop knowledgeable and effective stewards of the estuary, using an understanding of the river's ecology as a foundation for its work.

The Estuary Program works to achieve key benefits people receive from a healthy Hudson River:

  • A Vital River Ecosystem
  • A Thriving Watershed
  • People Living Well With Nature: Recreation, Education, and Inspiration

How does the program work?

The program is guided by an Action Agenda, a conservation and restoration blueprint developed with significant community input. The Hudson River Estuary Program collaborates with many partners including nonprofit organizations, academic and scientific institutions, businesses, local governments, state and federal agencies, and interested citizens. The Estuary Program offers a variety of programs to support our partners, including:

  • Education and training
  • Technical assistance and grants
  • Research, monitoring, and mapping

The Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee steers the program, which is built on sound science and principles of ecosystem-based management. The advisory committee includes representatives of the commercial fishing industry, recreational anglers, utility companies, local government, educators, researchers, conservationists and other river users helps engage many representatives of the public in working together toward common goals.

Making A Difference for the Hudson River Estuary

With projects that help manage and restore key species like striped bass and bald eagles, estuary grants have allowed counties, towns and villages in the Hudson River Valley to take ownership of their resources and define the future of their communities while contributing to the overall health and beauty of the region. Cooperation with partners such as the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (leaves DEC website) is key to the Hudson River Estuary Program's success. Read 2020 State of the Hudson (leaves DEC website) for more information on progress to restore the Hudson River Estuary.


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