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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.


Edward A. Ames Seminars
Fall 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Rise and Fall and Rise of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
in the Tidal Freshwater Hudson River

Stuart Findlay
Maile Neel

Stuart Findlay, Aquatic Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Maile Neel, Professor; Director of the Norton-Brown Herbarium, University of Maryland


Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Dams & What Eel Alleles Reveal, & Whether it's Real

John Waldman, Professor of Biology, Queens College, CUNY

John Waldman
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Seminars will be held at the Hudson River Foundation, 17 Battery Place, Suite 915, New York, NY 10004.

RSVP: 212-483-7667 or info@hudsonriver.org. 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.

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

Scientific Review of Changes Resulting from the PCB Superfund Dredging Operations in the Upper Hudson River

The Hudson River Foundation convened a panel of independent scientists and engineers with particular expertise in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, geology and environmental modeling related to PCBs and the Hudson River. The panel was asked to review the data and report on its findings related to changes they may have occurred as a result of the dredging program.

The work of the panel and its preliminary conclusions were reported to EPA as the agency was preparing its Five-Year Review of the cleanup and in its development of plans for future monitoring. The panel’s report is included here:

An Independent Evaluation of the PCB Dredging Program on the Upper Hudson and Lower Hudson River

Kevin J. Farley, Joel E. Baker, W. Frank Bohlen, W. Rockwell Geyer, Simon Litten, David K. Ralston. 2017. Hudson River Foundation, New York, NY.

HRF Statement on PCB Expert Panel Report

Download the report (2,640 kb - 61 pages)

The State of the Estuary: Looking Back, Moving Forward

May 23, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thank you to all for attending the State of the Estuary Conference, celebrating the 30th anniversary of both the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program and the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program.



See the full agenda here.

Comments Wanted: HEP Draft 20172022 Action Agenda

The Agenda developed by representatives of federal, state and local government; civic and environmental organizations; and the scientific community identifies 35 proposed actions to continue progress towards cleaner water, restored fish and wildlife habitat, improved public access, and more efficient support of maritime activities.



Your input can help ensure that the New York- New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) and its many partners are meeting the needs of the Estuary, its rich ecosystems, critical economic activities, and unique and diverse communities. Tell us about possible collaborations that will help advance the activities proposed in this document. Let us know about additional objectives and actions that are appropriate for HEP’s unique role of convening partners, producing and disseminating science and data, and advancing better management across many jurisdictional boundaries and interests that will shape the future of the New York – New Jersey Harbor Estuary.

View the current draft agenda here

Comments are due by July 14, 2017 to HEPAgenda2017@hudsonriver.org or by mail to NYNJ HEP Action Agenda, Hudson River Foundation, 17 Battery Place, Suite 915, NY, NY 10004.

Based on these comments and additional review and discussion with HEP’s Policy and other committees and work groups, a final Agenda will be released in 2018.

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)

Featured Reports

CARP Summary Report Cover

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 carp_report@hudsonriver.org or by calling our office.

The CARP Data Archive is also available by request to CARP_data@hudsonriver.org 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), and 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

More documents are available on the Report Archives page.

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