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Current Sustainable Shorelines Projects

Current Demonstration Site Projects

Ferry Landing, Nutten Hook. As of June 2016, BlueShore Engineering, LLC, and Creative Habitat Corp. have prepared Nutten Hook Shoreline Stabilization Assessment for the Sustainable Shorelines demonstration site at the end of Ferry Landing Road at Nutten Hook in Columbia County. Historically, this location was a ferry stop between Coxsackie and Stuyvesant, NY. Visitors now enjoy river viewing, fishing and passive recreational activities.

BlueShore and Creative Habitat created 5 different alternative design plans (with construction-ready drawings) for the site in order to give stakeholders options for deciding what was best for Ferry Landing. Each alternative discusses the environmental implications, including how sea level rise will effect the site, permitting implications, and project costs. Funding for this project is provided by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and NYSDEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program.

The purpose of the project is to improve the riverbank, enhancing habitat for aquatic species, reducing erosion, and increasing the property’s resiliency to sea-level rise, storm surge and wave action as a result of coastal storms.

Example of erosion along Nutten Hook shoreline, where the informal parking lot is being lost as a result of high-energy input generated by wind and boat wakes.

Example of erosion along Nutten Hook shoreline, where the informal parking lot is being lost as a result of high-energy input generated by wind and boat wakes.

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. Next steps are to obtain permits and funding. For more information contact hrnerr@dec.ny.gov and read: NYSDEC Press Release and Local coverage- Phillipstown.info

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. For more information contact hrnerr@dec.ny.gov

FishHEDs. In June of 2015 and June 2016, 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) are designed to 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.  FishHEDs are being studied by Reserve researchers for their habitat-enhancing qualities. The FishHEDs are removed for the winter season and are designed not to interfere with vessel docking. Click the links for more information: Rhinecliff Fish Box article from the Daily Freeman, the HRNERR post on FishHEDs and an article on enhancing bulkheads for ecological benefits.

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An American eel using a Rhinecliff FishHED this Fall

Assessing Ecological and Physical Performance

In order for Sustainable Shorelines techniques to be used more widely in the Hudson River Estuary, their performance must be demonstrated and evaluated locally and over time. Monitoring protocols for assessing the physical and ecological performance of nature-based engineered shoreline structures will be developed under the fourth phase of the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project. This work will solidify confidence in the suitability of novel shoreline techniques in the Hudson River and enable local managers to track performance.

Testing out the Monitoring Protocol

Testing out the Monitoring Protocol at Haverstraw Bay Park

Shoreline Inventory Project

The priority shoreline inventory uses geographical information systems (GIS) to combine the 2005 inventory of hard shoreline with other data resources to identify candidate locations for implementing Sustainable Shorelines demonstration projects. Once candidate sites are identified, field data collections will further understanding of individual sites. The additional information will allow assessment of the need to replace or maintain existing hard shoreline structures and the opportunity to incorporate Sustainable Shorelines practices to enhance habitat value and ecosystem resiliency.

Assessment and data collection began in late 2015 and will continue throughout the summer of 2016. The project team will then use criteria to prioritize the inventoried shorelines as potential demonstration sites.

For more information: Shoreline inventory article

Vertical sheet pile bulkhead is a common way to reinforce shorelines

Vertical sheet pile bulkhead, a common way to reinforce shorelines

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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

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