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elcome. The Hudson River Foundation (HRF) seeks to make science integral to decision-making with regard to the Hudson River and its watershed and to support competent stewardship of this extraordinary resource.

This purpose is pursued through support of scientific research; communication to expand knowledge about the river among the scientific community, policy makers, and the public at large; initiatives to enhance management of the Hudson ecosystem; education about the River; and physical improvements to the riverfront.

Restoring the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary
Bi-Annual Restoration Conference

June 8th, 2016
Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY

Click here to register (free and open to the public)

Preliminary Agenda

9:00Welcoming remarks: Clay Hiles (Hudson River Foundation); Colonel Caldwell (US Army Corps of Engineers)
9:15Overview of the day: Lisa Baron (US Army Corps of Engineers)
9:45Restoration Progress 2016: leveraged successes and implementation challenges
11:00Coastal habitat restoration: research and emerging techniques for the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary
1:15Breakout session: defining restoration priorities for the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program
2:30Report-out from breakout sessions: what we've learned
3:00Connectivity and climate change: restoring connected habitats for a more resilient future
4:00Closing Keynote: Dr. Steward Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
4:30Closing Remarks

Download the full agenda (PDF)

Restoration Conference flyer (PDF)

Edward A. Ames Seminars
Spring 2016

Seminars have concluded for Spring 2016. Webinar slides and recordings are available on our Seminar webpage. Please check back for our Fall 2016 schedule.

Seminars will be held at the Hudson River Foundation, 17 Battery Place, Suite 915, New York, NY 10031.

RSVP: 212-483-7667 or Seating capacity is limited. Please call or email in advance.

The Edward A. Ames seminar series, named in honor of the Foundation's long-time Chairman Emeritus, addresses issues related to the environmental quality and resource management of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary.

Download the full schedule of Spring 2016 seminars.

Visit the Seminar webpage for information and video from past seminars.

More Public Access to the Harbor and its Waters,
But Not For Everyone
Comprehensive Accounting of Waterfront Parks Documents Access to Region's Largest Public Space and the Role of Civic Organizations in its Stewardship

New York, NY - A new report released today by the New York - New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program/Hudson River Foundation and the USDA Forest Service provides, for the first time, a comprehensive account of where and how the public can access the New York - New Jersey Harbor and its tidal waters. The report, Connecting with Our Waterways: Public Access and its Stewardship in the New York - New Jersey Harbor Estuary, identifies over 500 parks and public spaces along the New York - New Jersey Harbor that are accessible to the public. The shorelines of these public spaces - ranging from the small urban street-ends and esplanades to the sandy beaches and marshes - stretch for 595 miles or 37% of the 1595 mile long waterfront. (Read More)

Executive Summary

Full report (small) and (full) file size

Appendix A: Detailed Methods

Appendix B: Stewardship Assessment Questions

Appendix C: Site Quality As Defined by Assessment Respondents

Map of public waterfront spaces (beta)

Connecting to our Waterways: New York-New Jersey
Harbor & Estuary Program 2016 Public Access and
Stewardship Grants RFP

Proposal deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), in partnership with the Hudson River Foundation, is requesting proposals for projects promoting stewardship of the Estuary and access to/from our waterfront and waterways through community engagement and education, particularly in underserved areas. These connections are critical to fostering and expanding an engaged and informed constituency involved in caring for decision-making affecting the ecological health of the Harbor and its living resources. A total of approximately $40,000 is available for awards to up to four grantees in 2016.

Download the RFP (PDF)

*Please note, if you submitted a proposal prior to 5/6/2016, the proposal was not received. The problem has now been resolved. Please resubmit your proposal by the RFP deadline.

Two States: One Bay
A bi-state conversation about the future of Raritan Bay

Two States: One Bay, a day-long discussion and workshop sessions on Raritan Bay issues ranging from habitat restoration to fisheries management and public access, was held on June 12, 2015 at Rutgers University's Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Following the conference, insights and opportunities identified by conference participants were highlighted in Two States: One Bay; A Bi-state Conversation About the Future of Raritan Bay, a report including 20 key opportunities for improving Raritan Bay. The conference and report were produced by the New York - New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program and the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative.

Download the report (PDF)

Featured Reports

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Contaminant Assessment and Reduction Project Summary Report

Lodge, J., Landeck Miller, R.E., Suszkowski, D., Litten, S., Douglas, S. 2015. Contaminant Assessment and Reduction Project Summary Report. Hudson River Foundation, New York, NY.

The Contamination Assessment and Reduction Project (CARP) brought together federal, state and non-government partners in a determined effort to reduce contamination within the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary. This CARP Summary Report provides an brief overview of all the data and modeling results conducted under CARP from 1999 through 2006. The report is meant to serve as a reference tool and roadmap to the more detailed information found in the numerous technical reports, data archives, modeling reports and research papers.

Hard Copies of the Report are available by request to or by calling our office.

The CARP Data Archive is also available by request to or by calling our office.

Download the report

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Community Based Restoration of Oyster Reef Habitat in the Bronx River: Assessing Approaches and Results in an Urbanized Setting

Lodge, J., Grizzle, R., Coen, L., Mass Fitzgerald, A., Comi, M.,. Malinowski, P., 2015. Community Based Restoration of Oyster Reef Habitat in the Bronx River: Assessing Approaches and Results in an Urbanized Setting. Final Report of the NOAA/WCS Regional Partnership Grant, New York, NY

This project continued and expanded on the previous smaller-scale multi-site effort of the Oyster Restoration Research Project (ORRP). Project partners focused on the development of general protocols for shallow subtidal oyster reef restoration in the New York Harbor region where natural reefs and recruitment of native eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) are uncommon. The primary aim of the multi-year (2012 -2014) effort was: (1) the construction; (2) monitoring; (3) involvement of community partners; and (4) development of novel methods, including adaptive management, ultimately restoring an approximately one acre footprint of productive oyster reef habitat at the confluence of the East and Bronx Rivers, off Soundview Park.

Project Collaborators: The Hudson River Foundation (J. Lodge), NY/NJ Baykeeper (M. Comi, Dr. A. Mass Fitzgerald), Urban Assembly New York Harbor School (P. Malinowski), NY Harbor Foundation, University of New Hampshire (Dr. R. Grizzle), Florida Atlantic University/HBOI (Dr. L. Coen)

Supporting Partners: Bronx River Alliance (L. Cox, D. Griffin), NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources Group (M. Larson, S. Tobing, K. Conrad), Public Lab (L. Barry), Rocking the Boat (A. Green, S. Marquand, C. Ward), Add NY and NJ Harbor and Estuary Program (K. Boicourt), USACE (L. Baron, P. Weppler)

Download the NOAA/WCS Regional Partnership Grant Final Report

View the ORRP webpage.

Project partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Hudson River Foundation, the NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School.

ORRP Partners

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ORRP Phase I: Experimental Oyster Reef Development and Performance Results

Grizzle, R., K. Ward, J. Lodge, K. Mosher-Smith, K. Kalchmayr, & P. Malinowski.

2013. ORRP.

This report describes the results of the Oyster Restoration Research Proejct (ORRP) Phase I (2010-2012) studies to assess development (oyster retention, growth and survival) and performance (water filtration and habitat provision) at five experimental reef sites (Bay Ridge Flats, Governors Island, Hastings, Soundview and Staten Island). This report also provides an assessment of where additional efforts should be focused and questions that need to be answered. Because the constructed experimental reefs essentially replaced the habitat that existed at the time of construction, there is a need to understand these changes on the broader ecosystem. Thus, another objective of the ORRP Phase 1 studies was to evaluate “habitat substitution” by comparing the faunal benthos before and after reef construction.

Download the ORRP Phase 1 Final Technical Report.

View the ORRP webpage.

Project partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Hudson River Foundation, the NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School.

ORRP Partners

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Rapid Assessment of Habitat and Wildlife Losses from Hurricane SANDY in the Hudson Raritan Estuary

Colin Grubel, John Waldman, Jim Lodge, and Dennis Suszkowski

2012. Hudson River Foundation, New York, NY.

Immediate following Superstorm SANDY, HRF in partnership with Queens College conducted a survey of resource managers, academics, representatives from NGOs, and knowledgeable private citizens to assess the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on fish and other species within and around the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, including tributaries and watersheds of the Hudson and Raritan Rivers. The Report was submitted to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on December 12, 2012. The full report is available here:

Download the report

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Target Ecosystem Characteristics for the Hudson Raritan Estuary: Technical Guidance for Developing a Comprehensive Ecosystem Restoration Plan

Bain, M., J. Lodge, D.J. Suszkowski, D. Botkin, A. Brash, C. Craft, R. Diaz, K. Farley, Y. Gelb, J.S. Levinton, W. Matuszeski, F. Steimle and P. Wilber.

2007. Hudson River Foundation, New York, NY.

The Hudson River Foundation recently completed this report as part of a collaborative effort to develop a scientific basis for a comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan for the HRE. This Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP) is part of the federal Hudson Raritan Estuary (HRE) ecosystem restoration study and is being sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Hudson River Foundation, working with a group of top estuarine scientists, has identified a set of eleven important ecosystem attributes for the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary, specifying the desired conditions and amounts for each, called Target Ecosystem Characteristics or TECs. The goal is to create a mosaic of important habitats and conditions that provide new and increased benefits to the estuary.

Download the report

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Setting Targets for Restoration of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Report of an Interdisciplinary Workshop

Mark Bain, Dennis Suszkowski, Jim Lodge, and Lijie Xu

2006. Cornell University and The Hudson River Foundation

An interdisciplinary workshop with scientific experts and agency representatives was conducted (25-26 October 2005) to develop candidate objectives to guide restoration planning. The workshop was structured to generate target ecosystem characteristics (TECs) to serve as program objectives. TECs are the broadest planning element defined in measurable terms and the precise ecosystem conditions to be promoted in restoration projects. The workshop succeeded in developing many (23) and varied ecosystem targets.

Download the report

More documents are available on the Report Archives page.

Reports from funded research are available on the Hudson River Fund Research Reports page.

Now Available Online and in Paperback

The Hudson River Estuary
Edited by Jeffrey S. Levinton and John R. Waldman

The Hudson River Estuary is a comprehensive look at the physical, chemical, biological, and environmental management issues that are important to our understanding of the Hudson River. Chapters cover the entire range of fields necessary to understand the workings of the Hudson River estuary; the physics, bedrock, geological setting, and sedimentological processes of the estuary; ecosystem-level processes and biological interactions; and environmental issues such as fisheries, toxic substances, and the effect of nutrient input from densely populated areas. This book places special emphasis on important issues to the Hudson, such as the effect of power plants and high concentrations of PCBs. The chapters are written by specialists at a level that is accessible to students, teachers, and the interested layperson.

View The Hudson River Estuary online.

Paperback can be purchased on