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Gay’s Point Side Channel Restoration Completed

Completed July 2018


Shoreline View

A wetland habitat restoration project at Gay’s Point, located at river mile 123 east, has been  completed . This $3 million project spans a 1,200 by 65 ft. area, with the restored wetland habitat providing homes for fish and wildlife, and providing recreational activities including fishing and canoeing. This restored channel will provide a variety of suitable habitat for gamefish such as largemouth bass and perch, as well as suitable spawning grounds for other fish species. Access will provide excellent viewing opportunities for native flora and fauna. 

Since the 1800s, anthropogenic activites such as dredging of channels and filling of open-water and intertidal areas have resulted in the loss of some 4,000 acres of valuable shallow water habitat in the Hudson River estuary, with a near-complete loss of side channels in the upper range of estuary. Loss of these critical shoreline habitats has reduced diversity and productivity along the shorelines, making these areas less adaptable to sea level rise and impacts of climate change.

Aerial View

The project involved excavating a channel through dredge spoils at the northern end of the embayment, re-establishing a connection to the Hudson in the north, increasing the water flow and water quality through the channel. The project is also helping to restore sidechannel habitats such as intertidal wetlands, native vegetated shallows, and shorelines, which are important indicators of overall ecosystem health.

The Gay’s Point side channel restoration, was managed by the NYSDEC in partnership with The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA). Thruway contractors were AKRF, Inc., Bergmann Associates, and C.D. Perry and Sons, Inc. completed the feasibility and baseline studies for the channel, hydrodynamic modeling, design, and construction. Funding was provided by NYSTA using funds allocated for Tappan Zee Bridge compensatory mitigation.

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2019

The canoe and kayak launch on the Kidd Lane access road at Tivoli Bays WMA is closed for renovations until further notice. At this time, DEC does not have an estimated completion date for the project. Please contact Nathan Ermer at 845-256-3047 for more information about this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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