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Hudson River

Commission employees work at the Hudson Valley offices of two intertwined estuary programs: the Hudson River Estuary Program and the Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve.

Bridge over the Hudson

The Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. The mission of the Reserve emphasizes education, outreach, training, stewardship and restoration

Hudson River Estuary Program

Created in 1987, the Estuary Program extends from the Troy dam to upper New York harbor. It is built around 6 key benefits people receive from a strong and vibrant ecosystem:

  • Clean Water
  • Resilient Communities
  • Vital Estuary Ecosystem
  • Estuary Fish, Wildlife and Habitats
  • Natural Scenery
  • Education, River Access, Recreation and Inspiration

The program is guided by an action agenda, which is updated periodically. The program achieves real progress through a collaborative approach that includes:

  • Grants and restoration projects
  • Education, research and training
  • Natural resource conservation and protection
  • Community planning assistance

The website for the Hudson River Estuary Program contains in-depth information on this valuable program.

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

The mission of the Reserve is to improve the health and vitality of the Hudson River Estuary by protecting estuarine habitats through integrated education, training, stewardship, restoration, and monitoring and research programs.

This program is a partnership between New York State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is one of 29 national estuarine research reserves.

The Reserve relates to the following four federally designated and state-protected sites along 100 miles of Hudson River Estuary: Piermont Marsh, Iona Island, Tivoli Bays, and Stockport Flats.

Reserve staff and partners conduct estuarine research studies of physical, biological and chemical characterizations; ecosystem processes; and exchanges between wetlands and the Hudson’s main stem. Research provides a solid foundation for all reserve programs in education, outreach, training, stewardship and restoration.

Find additional information on the Research Reserve home page and NYS DEC website