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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.

HEP Request for Proposals

Citizen Science Monitoring for Pathogen Indicators in the NY-NJ Harbor

Proposal Deadline: Thursday, January 18, 2016

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) is requesting proposals for citizen science projects to monitor for pathogen indicators in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. A total of $40,000 is available for one project in New York and one in New Jersey. This grant program is the result of a close collaboration between several partners: HEP, the Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). This project builds on the framework of the 2014 Citizen Science Monitoring for Pathogen Indicators in NY-NJ Harbor Tributaries while shifting focus to public access locations in the more open waters of the Harbor. It is hoped that this project will help paint a more complete picture of recreational water quality in the Harbor. Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 18, 2016.

Download the full RFP (PDF) - (docx)

Edward A. Ames Seminars
Fall 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 10:30 a.m.
Sewage Associated Microbes in the Hudson River Estuary: Sources, Distribution, and Ecological Connections

Gregory O'Mullan

Gregory O'Mullan
CUNY Queens College

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 Fall 2015 seminars.

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

Job Announcement

Lower Passaic River Urban Waters Ambassador / HEP Outreach Coordinator

The Hudson River Foundation has an opening for a Passaic River Urban Waters Ambassador to work with Lower Passaic River Urban Waters Federal Partnership and the NY/NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) in addressing these challenges in the lower Passaic River and elsewhere in the Harbor Estuary. The successful candidate will also act as an Outreach Coordinator for HEP and its bi-state and multi stakeholder Management Conference. This is a full time term position of two years, with a possibility of renewal subject to funding.

Download the complete job announcement with application instructions.

Hudson River Foundation Chosen to Host the New York/New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program

The Hudson River Foundation (HRF) has been selected by Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to host the New York/New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program (HEP). The HEP is one of 28 estuary programs in the U.S. established under the federal Clean Water Act.

HRF is honored to have been selected to host this partnership of governmental and non-governmental entities determined to protect and restore the waters and habitats of New York Harbor and its interconnected estuarine waters and watersheds. Over the past 30 years HRF has successfully collaborated with many partners and led numerous programs to support stewardship of the resources of the Hudson River Estuary and improve the scientific understanding of issues that directly impact important management decisions and policies. We believe the HEP is a vital part of the broad decision-making framework for the Harbor and Estuary. We therefore look forward to expanding our responsibilities to fulfill the mission of the HEP, by "providing a forum to develop and implement actions that improve the health of the Estuary by convening a partnership of interested stakeholders, utilizing sound science to analyze the issues, and working to carry out recommendations that are environmentally and economically responsible."

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.

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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.

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