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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:

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

Coxsackie Boat Launch, Esopus Meadows Preserve, Habirshaw Park and Tidal Marsh, and Hunts Point Landing 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.

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 

 Aesthetic differences

Coxsackie Park

Coxsackie in 2016

Coxsackie in 2016

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 (emilie.hauser@dec.ny.gov)