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Science on the River 2015

Come join us on September 20th from 2 pm until 5 pm at the Norrie Point Environmental Center to celebrate National Estuaries Day! The NYSDEC’s Hudson River Research Reserve is having a hands-on open house featuring many different exhibits and activities. Scientists from the Research Reserve and other regional research organizations will be answering questions about their work and demonstrating techniques for studying the Hudson. Each presentation will feature a chance to get involved, with demonstrations and activities for young and old alike. Help take a sediment core from the cove and discover what it can teach us. Canoe a tidal marsh of the Hudson (weather and space permitting). Help fish the waters around Norrie Point to find out who lives there. See how the types of organisms living in a stream indicate its health. Learn what “SAV” means and why plants that live underwater are important to the river. Many activities are planned especially for our youngest visitors. This program is free and most exhibit areas are wheelchair accessible. There’s something for everyone at “Science on the River”! Click on the image below for a large version of the flyer and more information. This year Arm-of-the-Sea Theater will present Hook, Line & Sinker, a unique, family-friendly performance about the Hudson River featuring large-scale...

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Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering SAGE: “A Community of Practice of Federal, State, and Local Agencies, non- governmental organizations, academic institutions, engineers, and private businesses working together to: • Use and promote green-gray approaches to ensure coastal community and shoreline resilience; • Broaden science, engineering, policy and marketing activity both domestically and internationally; • Engage community partners in regional demonstrations. Our coastal communities and shorelines are facing escalating risks from more frequent and more powerful storms, sea-level change, and changing precipitation patterns that can result in dramatic economic losses to impacted communities and the country.   SAGE is an initiative that brings together experts and practitioners from the federal, academic, non-profit and private sectors to pursue and advance a comprehensive view of shoreline change. This community of practice will facilitate the development and application of hybrid engineering approaches that link ‘soft’ ecosystem-based approaches (green) with ‘hard’ infrastructure approaches (gray) to enhance the resiliency of our coastal communities and shorelines. The intent is to reduce impacts from the consequences of land cover and climate change through prevention, mitigation and/or adaptation. This community of practice will build on the “living shoreline” concept and identify combinations of natural ecosystems and built infrastructure that best protect coastal communities and shorelines, while also improving economic outcomes and provision of ecosystem services.” ~Information and images...

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FishHEDs: Fish Habitat Enhancement Devices FishHEDs pre-installation In early June, unique experimental Fish Habitat Enhancement Devices (FishHEDs) were installed on the bulkhead at Rhinecliff Landing by the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project. The experimental devices are designed to provide places for fish and other aquatic animals to take refuge along the sheer and barren steel wall. The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 2006 Hudson River Shoreline Inventory identified and classified both the engineered and natural shoreline. Around 40%...

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