HEP Action Agenda: NY/NJ Community Engagement Sessions


In 2024, HEP will be developing a new Action Agenda that outlines the major goals and objectives of our Program and partners for the next 10 years. Through this process we seek to:  Make all partners feel ownership of the new Action Agenda; Ensure that we are addressing the needs of the Estuary and all of its communities; Develop actions that are reflective of estuarine challenges, community needs and partner priorities.

We’re partnering with a wide range of community-based organizations across our Program’s ten major regions/waterways to create spaces for our estuary communities to share their vision for the estuary and the challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed.

  • Are you an organization that wants to bring these discussions to your community this summer? Contact Liz at EBalladares@hudsonriver.org
  • Below you’ll find more information about our upcoming community engagement sessions – be sure to checkout the ones nearest to you!
  • Have questions about our Action Agenda process or have feedback you’d like to share with us? Sign up for our Newsletter here.
  • Tell us what you value most about your community and local waterway by taking out 4-minute survey here.

SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS ON ALL MEETINGS

May 30, 7-8:30pm (IN-PERSON)
Hackensack Riverkeeper

687 Larch Ave. (Teaneck, NJ)

Help Guide the Future of the Hackensack River and Other Community Waterways – Hackensack Riverkeeper and the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County are inviting area residents and stakeholders to attend this community meeting.

Sign up for the in-person event here!

June 5, 6:30-8:30pm (IN-PERSON)
Newtown Creek Alliance

Queens Landing Boathouse & Environmental Center
57-28 2nd Street Unit 105 (Queens, NY)

Join NCA in integrating HEP goals to better understand unique concerns and values of the community in relation to the waterway. There will be an opportunity for community members to also participate in a mapping project for FloodNet, which is a cooperative of communities, researchers, and New York government agencies working to better understand flooding in New York City.

Sign up for the in-person event here!

June 11, 9am-12pm (IN-PERSON)
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership

Middlesex County Administration Offices
75 Bayard St. (New Brunswick, NJ)

The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, Middlesex County Office of Planning, and NY/NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) invite you to join us for a special listening session on the topic of recreational access to the Raritan River and other blue and green spaces within the Lower Raritan Watershed and larger Estuary. Your input at this important session will help inform the LRWP’s understanding of recreational priorities, and help shape the HEP Action Agenda for recreation in our region for the next 10 years.

Sign up for the in-person event here!

June 18, 6-8pm (VIRTUAL)
SWIM Coalition

Fishable Swimmable New York City: Help Make Our Harbor Accessible & Equitable

Join Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition, NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), and Pratt Institute MS in SES (Sustainable Environmental Systems) for an evening of virtual conversation about the future of our local waterways.

Sign up for the virtual event here!

June 25, 5-7pm (In-Person)
Groundwork Elizabeth

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage Senior Center
205 1st Street (Elizabeth, NJ)

Calling all Elizabeth Residents! Join us to help create an Action Agenda for our local waterways and estuaries!

Sign up for the in-person event here!

June 26, 6-7:30pm (IN-PERSON)
Fund for a Better Waterfront

Hoboken Public Library
500 Park Avenue (Hoboken, NJ)

FBW is partnering with HEP to convene this meeting of New Jersey individuals and civic organizations from the lower Hudson area to discuss issues pertaining to the harbor and estuary such as water quality, ecological health, and public access & stewardship. For all who live, work and recreate on the Hudson River, this is your opportunity to shape the future of our shared waterway.

Sign up for the in-person event here!

June 26, 6-8pm (IN-PERSON)
SWIM Coalition

Student Union, Pratt Institute (Brooklyn Campus)
200 Willoughby Avenue (Brooklyn, NY)

Join Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition, NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), and Pratt Institute MS in SES (Sustainable Environmental Systems) for an evening of conversation at Pratt about the future of our local waterways.

Sign up for the in-person event here!

July 11, 6-8pm (HYBRID)
Riverkeeper

Note that this is a rescheduled event, formerly scheduled for June 17.

Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB)
35 Alexander St. (Yonkers, NY)

NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program and the Hudson River Estuary Program will provide information about the state and federally-sponsored “action agendas” that will set goals and help deliver projects to improve the Hudson River, its tributaries, and our communities for 2025-2030 and beyond. Share your thoughts on ways to improve the Hudson River, its tributaries, and our communities.

Sign up for the hybrid event here!

Hudson River Foundation