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For Release: Thursday, October 12, 2017

DEC Commissioner Seggos Joins Albany Student Scientists for 15th Annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor"

Hudson River Fact Finding Day Connects Students with River and New York Harbor

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that shorefronts up and down the Hudson River and the piers of New York Harbor are bustling with activity as thousands of local students armed with seine nets, minnow pots, and water testing gear collect data and study the Hudson River's 200-plus species of fish and myriad invertebrates during DEC's 15th annual "A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor" event. In Albany, Commissioner Seggos joined dozens of students and teachers from the Albany City School District's Montessori Magnet School at the Corning Preserve to collect and analyze real data during this hands-exploration.

"The annual Day in the Life event gives students an opportunity to experience the tidal Hudson River firsthand with its diverse habitats and fishery," said Commissioner Seggos. "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 our residents, visitors, and economy."

From first grade to college-age, students participating in "Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor" partner with environmental education centers to collect scientific data using hands-on field techniques to capture a snapshot of the river's ecology at more than 85 sites. The data collected by students provides insights into an ecosystem spanning 160 miles of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and is posted online within a few days of the event. Participating classes represent the diversity of the school population in urban and rural communities along the estuary. This year nearly 5,000 students and 600 teachers from more than 90 schools will participate.

More than a field trip, Day in the Life gives students the opportunity to don waders or use a fishing rod to collect data on many of the Hudson's 200-plus species of fish, from the abundant Atlantic silverside, to the lined seahorse and spotted hake. Fluctuations in fish catches and ranges can be due to many factors including weather, tides and salinity. Most are young fish, evidence of the Hudson's importance as a nursery habitat. Students also 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 stores. 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.

DEC's Estuary Program staff connect the field day with the classroom by conducting pre- and post-visits in numerous schools that participate. Lessons on-site and in the classroom fulfill state learning standards in a variety of subjects. Additionally, students 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 online at These data can be used to help students better understand the dynamic factors that are constantly impacting the Hudson River ecosystem.

Now in its 15th year, Day in the Life is sponsored by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Additional support comes from DEC Stamford Fisheries, Cornell University's New York State Water Resources Institute, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, and many other organizations, some listed below.

Participating schools, partners, and event locations are listed below:

Borough/County River Site School Partner Organization Time at Site
Staten Island Fort Wadsworth St. Clare School National Park Service 10-12
Staten Island Austen House Curtis High School NYU Wallerstein Collaborative 9-1:30
Brooklyn Kaiser Park Seth Low IS 96 City Parks Foundation 10-11:30 11:45-1:30
Brooklyn Floyd Bennett Field Edward R. Murrow HS NYSDEC 9:30-12:30
Brooklyn Bay Ridge Veteran's Memorial Park International School of Brooklyn 10:30-2
Brooklyn Bush Terminal Park Sunset Park HS Billion Oyster Project 9-11 1-3
Brooklyn Valentino Pier, Red Hook The Brooklyn New School/PS 146 8:30-1:30
Brooklyn Valentino Pier, Red Hook JHS 223 NYSDEC 3:15-4:15
Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn Friends School 9-11
Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Park St. Francis College Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 4-5:30
Brooklyn Coney Island Pier Andries Hudde JHS 10:30-12:30
Queens Bayswater Park, Rockaways Queens Alternative Learning Center Rockaways Waterfront Alliance 10:30-1:30
Queens Francis Lewis Park International HS for Health Sciences NYSDEC 10-1
Queens Fort Totten Park John Bowne HS NYC Queens Urban Park Rangers/NYSDEC 10-1
Queens Newtown Creek HarborLAB 10-3
Queens Pier 1, Hunter's Point State Park Hunters Point Community Middle School NYC Department of Environmental Protection 9-2
Queens Gantry Plaza State Park PS IS 78Q 9-1:30
Bronx Ferry Point Park West Bronx Academy for the Future NYSDEC 12-2
Bronx Ferry Point Park Renaissance HS of Musical Theater and Technology NYSDEC 9:30-11:30
Bronx Hunts Point Pelham Preparatory Academy 10-1
Bronx Concrete Plant Park Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics Bronx River Alliance 9-1:45
Bronx Concrete Plant Park East Bronx Academy for the Future Bronx River Alliance 9:30-1
New Jersey Liberty State Park Hudson Montessori School 10-1
New Jersey Englewood Boat Basin Pascack Hills High School 9:30-11:30
Manhattan Governors Island The Urban Assembly NY Harbor School 11-1 8:45-3:00
Manhattan Randalls Island High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at CCNY Randall's Island Park Alliance 10:30-12:30
Manhattan Swindler Cove The Dwight School New York Restoration Project 10-1
Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge West Leman Prep Manhattan Lower East Side Ecology Center 9-3
Manhattan Solar One The Clinton School Solar One 10-1
Manhattan Pier 40 - AM NYC Museum School The River Project 9-12
Manhattan Pier 40 - PM Stuyvesant HS 3:30-5
Manhattan Pier 45 PS 3 NYC Soil & Water Cons. District 9:30-2:30
Manhattan Pier 45 MS 127 NYU Wallerstein Collaborative 12-1
Manhattan Pier 45 Chelsea HS NYU Wallerstein Collaborative 10:20-11:30
Manhattan Pier 45 NYC Lab School 9:00-11
Manhattan Pier i Speyer Legacy School 9:30-2:30
Manhattan Pier 63 PS Chelsea Prep 8:45-1:30
Manhattan Pier 84 CASA MS Hudson River Park Trust 10:30-12:30
Manhattan Pier 84 Gateway School Hudson River Park Trust 12:30-2:30
Manhattan Intrepid Museum PS 51 Elias Howe Intrepid Museum 10-11:30
Manhattan 79th Street Boat Basin PS 107 John W. Kimball Learning Center Clearwater 9-12 (sailing)
Manhattan West Harlem Pier The School at Columbia University 10-2
Manhattan 125th Street Pier Columbia Secondary School 1:15-2:15
Manhattan Fort Washington Park Marymount School of NY 9:30-1:30
Manhattan Inwood Park Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy 10-1
Manhattan Inwood Park White Plains Alternative HS 10-1:30
Westchester The Point at St. Vincent College of Mount Saint Vincent 11:15-12:15 1:30-2:30
Westchester Beczak/CURB Lincoln HS Center for the Urban River at Beczak 10-12
Westchester JFK Marina Riverside HS 10-2
Westchester Kinnally Cove, Hastings on Hudson Hastings HS 8:30-10:45 12:15-2:30
Rockland Piermont Pier Tappan Zee HS Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory 9:15-2:30
Rockland Piermont Pier Spring Valley HS Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory 8:15-1
Rockland Piermont Pier Pearl River HS Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory 8-2
Rockland Memorial Park Nyack HS 9:30-1:30
Rockland Lower Hook Mtn. Nyack Beach Blue Rock School Strawtown Art & Garden Studio 9:45-1:45
Rockland Upper Hook Mtn. Beach - Steps Nyack Clarkstown North HS Nyack College/ Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30-1
Westchester Ossining Ossining HS 9-1
Westchester Croton Park Croton-Harmon HS 9-10:30 1:15-3:00
Rockland Bowline Park Nanuet HS 8-1:30
Rockland Haverstraw Bay County Park Albertus Magnus HS 9:30-1:30
Rockland Stony Point Park Seawall North Rockland HS Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District 8-1
Westchester George's Island Park Montrose Fox Meadow Elementary 10-1:30
Westchester Verplanck, Steamboat Landing Mahopac HS 10-1
Westchester River Front Green Peekskill Walter Panas HS 9-1:30
Putnam Garrison Landing Garrison School Hudson Highlands Land Trust 9-1
Orange West Point - South Dock West Point School 3:15-5:15
Putnam Cold Spring Little Stony Point Haldane MS Hudson Highlands Land Trust 11:30-1:30
Orange Cornwall Landing Willow Avenue Elementary School Trailside Museum & Zoo 9:30-1:30
Orange Plum Point Vails Gate STEAM Academy Black Rock Forest 9-2
Dutchess Beacon-Dennings Point Oakwood Friends School Beacon Institute 10-12:30
Orange Newburgh Rowing Club San Miguel Academy Mount Saint Mary College 1-3:30
Orange People's Waterfront & Boat Launch Excelsior Academy at Newburgh Free Academy- North Campus Orange County Water Authority 8:30-12:30
Dutchess Beacon Long Dock Haldane MS Scenic Hudson 9:15-1:15
Dutchess Beacon Riverfront Park Valley Central MS 8:45-1:15
Dutchess Chelsea Yacht Club Wappingers JHS 8:30-1:15
Dutchess Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie Walkill Senior HS Hudson River Fisheries Unit 9:50-1:15
Dutchess Fallkill Creek Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie Day School 9:30-11
Dutchess Highland Landing Bob Shepard Park Highland Middle School 9-2
Dutchess Quiet Cove G.W. Krieger Elementary School Cornell Cooperative Extension and Hudson River Fisheries Unit 9-1:15
Dutchess Norrie Point Poughkeepsie HS Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve 8:30-1:30
Ulster Esopus Meadows Robert Graves ES Clearwater 9:30-1:30
Dutchess Kingston Point Park Robert Graves ES Kingston Parks and Rec/Forsythe Nature Center & Hudson River Fisheries Unit 9:45-1
Dutchess Ulster Landing Park Red Hook ES 9:30-1
Dutchess Tivoli Bay South Kingston High School Bard College 8:45-1:00
Ulster Falling Waters, Glasco Saugerties High School 8:10-9:15
Ulster Saugerties Light House Woodstock Day School Hudson River Fisheries Unit 10-12
Ulster Saugerties Light House Saugerties Boys and Girls Club 3:30-5:30
Columbia Lasher Park, Germantown, NY Hudson High School Columbia Land Trust 9:30-1:30
Greene Athens Riverside Park Edward J Arthur Elementary 1:25-2:35
Columbia Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson NY Chatham High School Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies 8:30-1
Greene Coxsackie Boat Launch Coxsackie Elementary School 9:30-12:30
Columbia Schodack Island Berkshire Waldorf High 9-10:30
Greene Henry Hudson Park Albany Academy for Girls College of Saint Rose 9:30-1
Rensselaer Papscanee Preserve, Staats Island Robert C. Parker 9:30-12
Rensselaer Rensselaer Boat Launch Tech Valley High School 8:45-10:45
Rensselear Rensselaer Boat Launch Delaware Community School NYSDEC 10:45-2
Albany Corning Preserve Albany Magnet Montessori NYSDEC 9-1:30
Albany Jennings Landing Griffin Memorial ES 9:45-2:30
Albany Hudson Shores Park North Colonie CSD Learning Enrichment Program 9-1
Albany Green Island Susan Odell Taylor School Children's Museum of Science and Technology 9:30-12
Saratoga Peebles Island Pine Hills ES NYS Parks 9:30-1:30
Saratoga Peebles Island Cohoes HS NYS Parks 9-1
Schoharie Schoharie Creek Middleburgh Central School 12:45-2:30
Montgomery Otsquago Creek - Fort Plain NY Fort Plain High School Schoharie River Center 3-5
Schenectady Mohawk River, Niskayuna RiverRun Community Montessori The Environmental Clearinghouse 9:30-12
Schenectady Hudson Crossing Park Schuylerville and Greenwich 9-2
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