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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I find information about the design of shoreline stabilization techniques?

  • Hudson River Shoreline Restoration Alternatives Analysis reports on a project that investigated options for restoring both ecological and sociological functions by enhancing shoreline habitats through soft engineering.
  • Engineered Approaches for Limiting Erosion Along Sheltered Coasts is a literature review that provides an overview of the engineered approaches used to manage erosion along shorelines.
  • Applying the Findings of the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project Workshop Lightning Rounds are stories from the Hudson River Shoreline: site designers and owners with sustainable shorelines on the Hudson discussed their design, construction, and maintenance processes.
  • A team led by the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) received funding to assess shoreline stabilization treatments in the wake of three historic storms, including “superstorm” Sandy. The team is using collaborative techniques to work with stakeholders to create a Forensic Analysis on  why some stabilization treatments along the Hudson River Estuary were badly damaged and failed during these storms, while others survived.

How can I assess my shoreline?

  • The Rapid Assessment tool can provide a rough quantification of site attributes known to affect biota and ecological processes. Some of the attributes are directly linked to important aspects of shore-zone ecology such as 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 a webinar to allow for reliable data collection. For more information, contact Emilie Hauser ( or Ben Ganon (
  • Is Your Shorelines Eroding? A quick guide to determine if something needs to be done to stabilize your shoreline.

How can I submit a shoreline demonstration site to the HRSSP demo site network?

  • If you have a site you would like to submit, please fill out the Demonstration Site Assessment Form. To submit the form or send questions or comments, please contact Emilie Hauser ( 

What geospatial data are available to help me plan a shoreline project?

  • For information about spatial information for designing a shoreline.
  • Data layers for Hudson River Estuary shoreline type, ice climatology, and physical forces are available at the NYS GIS Clearinghouse. These were produced by project partners. Descriptions of these resources can be found on the Publications and Resources page under the heading: Geospatial Data and Tools. Also, there are layers for bathymetric data, topography, submerged aquatic vegetation, tidal wetlands, and significant coastal fish and wildlife habitats on the Clearinghouse as well. These data can be used to better understand a particular shoreline site and the surrounding area, as well as the physical forces (e.g., currents and wind-waves) that shoreline management would need to consider.
  • The Sea Level Rise Mapper is a tool that was developed by Scenic Hudson and can provide a projection for what future conditions might look like, which is important for thinking about the longevity of shoreline management approaches and future vulnerability.


Additional information regarding:

Shore zone best management practices

The costs of shoreline protection methods

  • Andrew Rella and Jon Miller from the Stevens Institute of Technology conducted a cost analysis for ten shoreline protection methods at three sites along the Hudson River (Bowline Point Park, Henry Hudson Park, and Poughkeepsie). They calculated the costs (in 2012 dollars) for original construction, maintenance, and replacement. The ten approaches cover the spectrum from traditional hard structures such as bulkheads and revetments to ecologically enhanced approaches like live crib walls and vegetated geogrids, as well as the hybrid approaches in between. Two sea level rise scenarios were used to predict costs under different future conditions. See the full report at the link above or see the executive summary.
  • The Demonstration Site Network Case Studies all provide cost information on specific designs.
  • Other useful resources include Engineering Literature Review  which describes  information on different shoreline stabilization techniques and Hudson River Shoreline Restoration Alternatives Analysis which is a document that describes hypothetical solutions to shoreline sites on the Hudson River.

Shoreline demonstration sites

The Hudson River Sustainable Shoreline Project Demonstration Site Network has information on pilot sites on the Hudson River, including links to the case studies, presentations, and photos of current projects. The following links have information about shoreline demonstration sites in other areas:

Hudson River Planting Guides and Resources

In order to aid individual landowners, landscapers and restoration practitioners in choosing New York native plant species for planting projects in the Hudson River watershed, lists have been compiled for native planting publications, purchase sources for native plants, and purchase sources for biodegradable landscaping materials used in many sustainable shorelines projects. Click here to view.

Regulatory information

Training resources

*Contact Emilie Hauser, Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, with additional questions about training (

Stakeholder information and project lessons learned


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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.