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Shoreline Demonstration Site Network

The Sustainable Shoreline Demonstration Site Network identifies shoreline stabilization techniques that have the potential to maintain and enhance important ecological services, provide greater resilience to physical forces, and be cost-competitive with traditional approaches along the unique tidal estuary system of the Hudson River. The Demonstration Site Network will be updated periodically as new sites are added. In addition to our Demonstration Sites, there is information on current shoreline projects being undertaken.

Case study reports have been compiled about ecologically enhanced shoreline projects owned and designed by a variety of organizations. Information in the case studies includes: designer, partners, project cost, background information about the site, planning and design considerations, and implementation. Photos, design plans, and lessons learned complete the reports, which can be used to learn about real-world projects that have applied sustainable shoreline guidelines to manage erosion and balance other objectives. They can also be used to find organizations or people to contact for more information. Case studies are available for the following projects:

Original Case Studies:

Haverstraw Bay Park – Haverstraw, NY

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

In 2018, the following 5 sites were revisited and monitored: Habirshaw Park and Tidal Marsh, Foundry Dock Park, Esopus Meadows Preserve, Athens Fourth Street Kayak and Canoe Launch, and Coxsackie Boat Launch. Building on the original case studies for these sites, information and pictures collected during site visits were added to them to produce “2018 Updated Case Studies” that display how each of these sites have progressed over the years. These updated studies still contain all the information from the original studies; however, each of them contains update page(s) with new information and pictures which can be compared to those from the original studies. The updates offer a new perspective of each site and highlight important changes, if any, that have occurred since the projects were completed. The 2018 updated case studies can be accessed below:

2018 Updated Case Studies

Athens Fourth Street Kayak and Canoe Launch

Coxsackie Boat Launch

Esopus Meadows Preserve

Foundry Dock Park

Habirshaw Park and Tidal Marsh

Design Only Case Studies

Design only case studies were written in 2018 for the following demonstration sites: Ferry Landing at Nutten Hook in Stuyvesant, NY; Dockside Park in Cold Spring, NY; and Hudson Shores Park in Watervliet, NY. It is anticipated that project construction will commence at Ferry Landing and Dockside Park in 2019. However, designs are still in progress for Hudson Shores Park and a tentative construction date has not been set. The design only case studies can be accessed below, and they provide pertinent information in regards to site background, overview, planning, design, and implementation.

Ferry Landing at Nutten Hook

Dockside Park

Hudson Shores Park

Forensic Engineering Analyses

Several demonstration sites were included in the study An Analysis of Shorelines Following Three Historic Storms. A forensic engineering analysis was created for the sites to determine the critical factors that contributed to each shoreline treatment’s performance. The following sites were examined after hurricane Irene, Lee, and Sandy to learn what factors contributed to their performance.

Esopus Meadows
Hunts Point

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

4. Harlem River Park: Designing the Edge, Creating a Living Urban Shore at Harlem River Park

Demonstration Sites Through Time

Coxsackie Park

Habirshaw Tidal Marsh

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.

Do you know of a project that exemplifies Sustainable Shorelines best management practices? If you have a site you would like to submit, please fill out the Site Assessment Form.


For questions or comments please contact:
Emilie Hauser (

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2018

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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