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.
Hudson River Science Symposium:
The State of Hudson River Science
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Student Union Building, SUNY New Paltz
The State of the Hudson River Science will present our latest scientific understanding of the Hudson River and environs, discuss the drivers behind the science, identify future challenges, and provide an opportunity for scientists, resource managers, educators and students to share ideas. A contributed poster session and reception will follow the oral presentations. This will provide for a great opportunity to make and renew connections and share ideas.
North River Environmental Benefit Program
Request for Proposals
Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2013
The North River Environmental Benefit Projects Fund (North River Fund) requests proposals for projects to protect, preserve, improve or restore the environment, facilitate the public’s enjoyment of natural resources, or enhance the public’s awareness of environmental issues in areas near the North River Waste Water Treatment Plant in Community Board 9 in New York City.
For project guidelines and contact information, download the Request for Proposals document.
Download the application form. (Right click "Save link" to save document to computer)
2013 Mark B. Bain Graduate Fellowship
Proposal deadline: Monday, March 18, 2013
Oyster Research Restoration Project Phase 1 Final Technical Report Now Available
ORRP Phase I: Experimental Oyster Reef Development and Performance Results
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.
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.
Hudson River Foundation Fall 2012 Seminars
Seminars have concluded for the fall. Please check back for updates on our Winter/Spring 2013 schedule.
Hudson River Foundation Fall 2012 Seminars
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 10:30 AM
Factors Controlling Algal Populations in Jamaica Bay
Christopher Gobler, Stony Brook University
Bight of Herring
New York Region River Herring Restoration Workshop
On October 22, 2012, the Hudson River Foundation hosted Bight of Herring, a workshop for
scientists, environmental consultants, engineers, and government agency officials involved in the
restoration of river herring in the greater tri-state region. The workshop included presentations
on assessments of past and present river herring stocks, dam removal, and other efforts to remove
barriers to river herring migrations.
Hudson River Improvement Fund
2012 Call for Proposals
Proposal Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2012
The Improvement Fund strives to support projects that promote the enhancement of public use and enjoyment of the natural, scenic and cultural resources of the Hudson River and its shores. Awards are focused on physical projects that require capital construction, development or improvement.
The Hudson River Foundation is limiting its hard copy mailings - using email instead. Sign up today for the Hudson River Foundation's free email list. You can select which announcements you wish to receive, including:
- Grants - Hudson River Fund, Hudson River Improvement Fund, and New York City Environmental Fund
- Fellowships - Tibor T. Polgar and Graduate Fellowship
- Public Programs - Bald Eagle Watches, Shad Bakes, etc.
- Tuesday Seminars
PCB Remedial Dredging Phase 2 (2011):
Results and Relevance to the
York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 3:00 - 5:00 pm (reception to follow)
The Hudson River Foundation will host a seminar on Wednesday, March 15, 2012, on the first year of Phase 2 of the remedial dredging of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site (Phase 2 is expected to take 5 to 7 years). Walter Mugdan, Director of the Emergency and Remedial Response Division at the Region 2 office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present a summary of the Phase 2 (2011) dredging operation, completed by the General Electric Company in November 2011, and the EPA’s findings to date. In addition, Kevin Farrar, the Hudson River Project Manager for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will discuss the impacts of last year’s high flow events on the Superfund site and the resuspension of sediments during the dredging operation.
Seminar will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004.
RSVP: 212-483-7667 or email@example.com. Seating capacity is limited. Please call or email in advance.
Now Available Online and in Paperback
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.
Target Ecosystem Characteristics for the Hudson Raritan Estuary: Technical Guidance for Developing a Comprehensive Ecosystem Restoration Plan
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.
Setting Targets for Restoration of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Report of an Interdisciplinary Workshop
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.
More documents are available on the Report Archives page.
Reports from funded research are available on the Hudson River Fund Research Reports page.