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Open Funding Opportunity with NERRS Science Collaborative

Open Funding Opportunity – Pre-proposals due December 11, 2019

The NERRS  Science Collaborative is currently soliciting pre-proposals for up to three-year collaborative research grants. Proposals may request up to $200,000 per year with a total budget of up to $600,000 for a three-year project. Pre-proposals are due by 11:59pm EST on December 11, 2019.

The three projects from the Hudson River NERR are listed below

For more information on this opportunity see, click HERE


Climate change

Storm surge barriers are being considered in various configurations throughout New York Harbor by a team of agencies, including US Army Corps of Engineers, New Jersey, New York State, and New York City. These and other end users have identified research needs to aid the assessment of long-term impacts of surge barriers to estuary physical and biological conditions. Research will explicitly need to consider effects of climate change as part of the future conditions and how surge barrier management and resulting estuary effects evolve with sea level rise or changes to storms. Understanding the impact of storm surge barriers on physical processes, sediment transport and sediment delivery to tidal wetlands is critical to ensure resilient habitats throughout the 152 miles of the Hudson River Estuary.

Ecosystem services

The Mid-Atlantic region is facing higher projected rates of sea level rise compared to global projections. Natural resource managers need tools to assess how sea level rise threatens habitats, particularly tidal wetlands, and how habitat resilience can be increased. Several Mid-Atlantic end users have identified the need for research to advance the knowledge and practice of thin layer placement (TLP) of dredged sediment to wetlands that are challenged by increasing sea level rise and/or changing water levels. Tools can be developed collaboratively to assess if a tidal marsh could have an increased resilience to sea level rise by using TLP, and to project what amount of dredge material applied at what interval will allow the marsh to keep pace with sea level rise.

Water quality

Invasive water chestnut (Trapa natans) provides poor habitat and reduced water quality by contributing to low dissolved oxygen conditions. NYSDEC Invasive Species Managers need to understand better the interactions of native submerged aquatic vegetation (Vallisneria americana) and water chestnut in the Hudson River Estuary and Mohawk River by determining if the removal of water chestnut facilitates the return of native species. Outcomes of the research could include recommendations for restoration of native plant ecotypes, strategies for measuring and addressing impacts of habitat shifts on fisheries, and assessment of recreational and economic benefits of water chestnut removal.


Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2020

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.