On the ground examples of ecologically enhanced shoreline restoration projects will give shoreline engineers, property owners and other decision makers information on the successes and shortcomings of these innovative or non-traditional restoration and engineering techniques.
The Demonstration Site Network Advisory Committee was formed in winter 2012 to create a means to select examples and disseminate this information.
Using a simple assessment form and rating system, the team has identified shoreline projects representing the best management practices for protecting the ecology of the Hudson River while providing adequate protection through engineering, and increasing adaptability for the challenges of climate change.
The Coxsackie Boat Launch is one example. It was partially funded by the Project. The pictures below depict stages of the restoration project beginning at the left, and a detailed case study is available.
A map is available here of those projects currently being reviewed and profiled as example sites.
Demonstration Site Network Case Studies
Coxsackie Boat Launch – Coxsackie, NY
Harlem River Park – New York, NY
Hunts Point Landing – New York, NY
Habirshaw Park and Tidal Marsh- Yonkers, NY
Esopus Meadows Preserve- Esopus, NY
Foundry Dock Park- Cold Spring, NY
Athens Fourth Street Kayak and Canoe Launch- Athens, NY
This list will be updated periodically to include new case studies of sites along the Hudson River. If you have a pre-constructed site you would like to add, please fill out the pre-constructed site assessment form. If you have a site you would like to add for future projects, please fill out the future site assessment form.
For questions or comments please contact Ben Ganon (email@example.com) or Emilie Hauser (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Solicit voluntary submissions of examples of sustainable shorelines
- Assess these ecologically enhanced shoreline restoration projects based on best management practices
- Disseminate information on these projects through this website and other means. Information will target specific user groups (i.e.,erosion protection for engineers, potential costs for municipal planners,innovative habitat restoration for landscape architects, etc);
- Create a network of accessible and diverse sites that illustrate various techniques in differing Hudson River Estuary environment between New York City and the Federal Dam at Troy;
- Continue to expand the network with new and innovative projects along the estuary that meet the best management practices of the HRSSP.
Dockside Park, Cold Spring
A team from Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Hudson & Pacific Designs and EarthRise Designs has been awarded a grant from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to design a sustainable shorelines demonstration project.
For more information:
NYSDEC Press Release
Local coverage- Phillipstown.info
Nyack Beach State Park, Nyack
Proposals to design a “Sustainable Shorelines” demonstration project at the Nyack Beach State Park in Upper Nyack, New York are currently under review. The demonstration project will incorporate “ecologically-enhanced, engineered” shoreline treatment(s) that resist erosion, enhance the intended use of the site by the public and improve the habitat value of the site for fish and wildlife species of the Hudson River Estuary.
Sustainable Shorelines Demonstration Project at Nyack Beach State Park Receives $75,000 Grant
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program awarded Princeton Hydro LLC a grant of $74,865 to design a sustainable shoreline demonstration site at Nyack Beach State Park.
“NEIWPCC is pleased to be able to support Hudson River shoreline projects that involve preparing for sea-level rise while sustaining a healthy ecosystem” -Ron Poltak (NEIWPCC Executive Director)
“I’m thankful to the DEC and NEIWPCC for advancing plans that will help make Nyack Beach a better place for recreation and a stronger buffer for the community.” -Rose Harvey (Office of Parks and Historic Preservation Commissioner)
NYSDEC Press Release
Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie
A future demonstration site is anticipated at Quiet Cove. Check back in upcoming months for more information!
Case Study Presentations from IECA
The following presentations were given at an IECA meeting on November 7, 2012. Each case study highlights the site’s planning, design, and implementation of an ecologically enhanced shoreline.
The presentations from Session III can be found below:
1. South Bronx Greenway – John Roebig
2.Coxsackie – Casey Holzworth
3. Esopus Meadows Preserve – Sven Hoeger