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Shoreline Demonstration Site Network

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. 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 studies are available for the following projects:

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

Additional information on Harlem River Park: Designing the Edge, Creating a Living Urban Shore at Harlem River Park 

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.

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 (
or Ben Ganon (

Current Projects

Dockside Park, Cold Spring. A team from Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Hudson & Pacific Designs, and EarthRise Designs have designed a Sustainable Shorelines Demonstration Site for Dockside Park in Cold Spring, NY. Funding was 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) in November, 2013. As of November, 2014 the designs have been completed and are waiting to be permitted. For more information: NYSDEC Press Release Local coverage-

Nyack Beach State Park, Nyack. 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 in March, 2014, the designs produced are environmentally resilient, ecologically beneficial, consistent with the Park’s existing and future uses, and build-able at a reasonable price. For more information: NYSDEC Press Release. As of February 2015 the designs have been completed and are waiting to go through the permitting process. Check out some visual aids prepared by Princeton Hydro for the site.

FishHEDs (2015) In June of 2015, the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve installed four FishHEDs (Fish Habitat Enhancement Devices) on the Rhinecliff landing in the Hamlet of Rhinecliff, NY. These structures (fabricated and installed by Feeney’s Shipyard Kingston, NY)  provide current refuge for fish and habitat complexity on an otherwise vertical sheet pile bulkhead. Enhancing bulkheads for ecological purposes is important on the Hudson River Estuary due to the fact that a large portion of the Hudson’s shorelines are hardened in some way.  For a summarized article: Daily Freeman


Rapid Assessment

The Rapid Assessment tool is intended for use by knowledgeable and engaged persons to provide a rough quantification of site attributes known to affect biota and ecological processes.  Some of the attributes, such as slope, are directly linked to important aspects of the shore-zone ecology like accumulation of wrack or presence of dead wood.  Other variables, such as vegetation, are the result of management decisions. The tool has been “ground-truthed” in the tidal freshwater Hudson and would not necessarily be applicable elsewhere.  While training is best done in person it is feasible to give sufficient instruction via webinar to allow for reliable data collection.  Ideally one experienced person could oversee volunteers doing observations at multiple locations for a particular site.