Core HEP Documents


  • Action Agenda 2017-2022: Identifies five long-term goals, 17 objectives, and 40 specific actions that will help enable people and wildlife to benefit from the fishable and swimmable waters called for by the Clean Water Act. In 2022, HEP extended the end date to 2025.
  • 2017-2022 Action Agenda May 2017 Draft for discussion and Significant Public Comments and Responses
  • 2018 State of the Estuary Report: Provides data and trends for 31 indicators illustrating the region’s collective progress toward ecosystem health.
  • 2018 Environmental Monitoring Plan: Identifies the kinds, sources and spatial coverage of available monitoring data collected in the estuary, including data on water quality and fish and wildlife
  • Climate Change and Its Impact: Report assesses how the risks associated with climate change stressors such as rising sea levels, warmer air and water temperatures, and increases in extreme weather will impact estuary management.
  • Options for Funding Program Priorities: Report describes 28 potential funding sources to broaden the depth and breadth of funding available for implementing the HEP Action Agenda.
  • The Hudson-Raritan Comprehensive Restoration Plan: HEP has adopted and supports the implementation of the Hudson Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan to guide its work on Habitat conservation and restoration.
  • Equity Strategy: HEP’s 2023 Equity Strategy is used to calculate benefits and progress towards Justice 40 Goals; inform future Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and other projects; and provide a basis for the 2025 Action Agenda / CCMP Revision.
  • Communications Plan: The plan identifies steps to improve access to, and use of, credible science and other information by professionals, decision-makers, and community members in management and enhancement efforts.
  • Summary Assessment of Progress towards 1996 CCMP Objectives: Brief summary of progress since the 1996 CCMP and how the work relates to objectives identified in the 2017-2022 Action Agenda.

Other useful HEP documents:

  • Public Access: This 2016 Report characterizes public access and its distribution around the Harbor Estuary, the relationship of these parks and public spaces to socioeconomic need, and where and how civic organizations are providing stewardship and programming at the waterfront
  • Water Quality: The 2021 Water Quality Monitoring Report is the latest update of a common framework for understanding and accessing water quality information in shared waters across the two states.
  • Habitat: Progress Report - Restoring the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary (2020-2022). This report addresses the achievements made by the HEP Restoration Work Group Partners between 2020 and
    2022, and overall progress towards the 2020 and 2050 goals.
  • Regional Sediment Management Plan: This 2008 plan helps coordinate various stakeholders involved in sediment management to control sources of sediment and contaminants, reduce dredging needs and impacts, promote beneficial use of dredged material, and restore a healthy ecosystem.

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