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Shoreline Demonstration Site Network


On the ground case studies of ecologically enhanced shoreline projects give shoreline engineers, property owners and other decision makers information on the successes and shortcomings of these innovative engineering techniques.

Here you will find case studies of our Demonstration Sites, including  historical background, techniques, and costs.


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In addition to our Demonstration Sites, there is information on current shoreline projects being undertaken.


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

Case Study Presentations at IECA (International Erosion Control Association)

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 in more detail than the Case Studies found above.

The presentations from Session III can be found below:

1. Hunts Point Landing – John Roebig

2.Coxsackie – Casey Holzworth

3. Esopus Meadows Preserve – Sven Hoeger


Coxsackie restoration site during construction.

Coxsackie before

Coxsackie Boat Launch during growing season

Coxsackie after


How are Case Studies Chosen?

Using a simple assessment form and rating system, The Demonstration Site Network Advisory Committee (formed in the winter of 2012) created a methodology for selecting demonstration sites. 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.

This list will be updated periodically to include new case studies of sites along the Hudson River. If you have a site you would like to submit, please fill out the Site Assessment Form.

For questions or comments please contact:

Ben Ganon ( or Emilie Hauser (

Current Projects

Dockside Park, Cold Spring (November, 2013) A team from Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Hudson & Pacific Designs, and EarthRise Designs are designing a Sustainable Shorelines Demonstration Site at Dockside Park in Cold Spring, NY. Funding has been awarded from the 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). For more information: NYSDEC Press Release Local coverage-

Nyack Beach State Park, Nyack (March, 2014) Princeton Hydro LLC was awarded a grant of $74,865 to design a Sustainable Shoreline Demonstration Site at Nyack Beach State Park. Funded by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, the site will reduce erosion and allow for easy water access. For more information: NYSDEC Press Release