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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.

Science and Action Conference

Presented by the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program

November 16, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program presents a conference celebrating the release of HEP's final Action Agenda, State of the Estuary Report and Environmental Monitoring Plan.

Register for the Science and Action Conference

See the draft agenda

This event will bring together 200 officials from local, state and federal government, non-profit advocates, utilities, scientists and private consultants, Please join us for a full day discussion of the environmental health of the Estuary and what actions our program and partners are taking towards our shared goals. The afternoon sessions will feature highly interactive panels and workshops based around actions in which we would like feedback from the community.

The Hudson River Foundation announces its
2019 Request for Hudson River Fund Research Proposals

Preproposal deadline: Monday, November 5, 2018

The Foundation seeks to elucidate the dynamic interactions among the physical, chemical, and biological processes that are important to the Hudson River ecosystem. In particular, the Foundation encourages research in areas that are both scientifically important and relevant to current or anticipated public policy and resource management issues affecting the River and its watershed. Recognizing that both basic and applied research are fundamental to the management of Hudson River resources, the Foundation places special emphasis on research that has clearly articulated significance for policy issues identified in the management programs described below and is conducted in the context of other ongoing research and monitoring in the River and its watershed.

Visit the Hudson River Fund page for more details

View the 2019 Call for Proposals

Edward A. Ames Seminars
Fall 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Evaluation of the Physical Influences of Storm Surge Barriers
on the Hudson River Estuary

Philip M. Orton, Research Assistant Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology

David K. Ralston, Associate Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
The Impacts of Storms Irene and Sandy on Sediments in the Hudson River

Frank Nitsche, Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Tim Kenna, Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Download the PDF announcement

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

Visit the Seminar page for more information and videos from past seminars.

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.

Preliminary Evaluation of the Physical Influences of Storm Surge Barriers on the Hudson River Estuary

Constructing large barriers at the mouths of rivers and estuaries is a potential way to mitigate flood damage from storm surges resulting from hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme weather events. The construction of barriers to protect the New York-New Jersey Harbor has been discussed for many years, but has gained added attention in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Notably, the Corps of Engineers is now considering a broad range of options to address coastal storm risks through the New York – New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study (HATS), including construction of large barriers in the Harbor and Long Island Sound.

The attention given to surge barriers has generated considerable interest among a wide range of parties in the region. This interest is due in part to the possibility that barriers may provide substantial flood mitigation benefits, but also to the concerns that these barriers pose the possibility of generating very serious ecosystem-wide impacts. As there are substantial uncertainties challenging a reliable assessment of the full range of these impacts, it is clear that relevant new and existing science will be critical in evaluating potential physical, chemical and biological effects associated with any barrier proposal.

The Hudson River Foundation and the New York – New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program commissioned a preliminary evaluation of the potential physical influences that large barriers could have on the estuary by Drs. Philip M. Orton (Stevens Institute of Technology) and David K. Ralston (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution). A link to the report of that examination, Preliminary Evaluation of the Physical Influences of Storm Surge Barriers on the Hudson River Estuary, is provided below. The Hudson River Foundation hosted a seminar, led by Drs. Orton and Ralston, on October 12, 2018, to discuss the report. Thank you to all those who attended. You can view the seminar materials by visiting the Seminar page.

HRF Preface

Download the report (9,686 kb - 81 pages)

“Adaptation Inspiration” Video Highlights Communities
Becoming Resilient to Sea-level Rise

New Paltz, NY - The Climate Program at the Hudson River Estuary Program has produced a short video "Sea-level rise: planning coastal development" highlighting how the City of Kingston and residents of Piermont are adapting to sea-level rise and coastal flooding. The second offering in the “Adaptation Inspiration ” series, this video reviews the causes of sea level rise and showcases the positive approaches with which these communities are adapting to this consequence of climate change. Thank you to filmmakers Laura and Mustafa at Flicker Filmworks! Visit the climate program’s webpage on climate resilience case studies to learn more about flood-adaptive planning efforts.

Sea-level Rise: Planning Coastal Development

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)

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 or by calling our office.

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

Download the report

Oyster ORRP Report Cover

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

ORRP Report Cover

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.