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

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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:

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

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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.

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

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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.

Health of the Harbor Report

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Health of the Harbor Report

The Hudson River Foundation recently prepared a report for the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program which shows that scientific measures of the environmental health of New York Harbor have improved as much as ten-fold in the past 30 years. The Health of the Harbor Report – the first comprehensive look at the environmental conditions of the estuary – examines trends by tracking key environmental indicators over time and across the harbor.

PCBs in the Upper Hudson River: The Science Behind the Controversy

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The Hudson River Foundation assembled a group of independent scientific experts to examine the scientific record with regard to key issues in the debate about active remediation of PCBs in the Upper Hudson River. The Foundation’s intention in undertaking this effort was to provide, to the extent possible, clarification of the scientific information pertinent to a policy decision regarding dredging. This resulting white paper, entitled PCBs in the Upper Hudson River: The Science Behind the Controversy, arises from the Foundation’s core purpose: 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. The conclusions presented in this document are those of the scientists and were not directed by the Foundation. In light of both the expertise and independence of the authors and the importance of the issue that they have addressed, their report deserves serious consideration.

Hudson River Estuary Maps

Three Hudson River Estuary maps are available in PDF format: a map of the Hudson River with all the tributaries leading to it; a map of the Hudson River with the main tributaries; and a map of the main stem Hudson River.

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