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Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project

The Sustainable Shorelines Project works to generate science-based information about the best shoreline management options for preserving important natural functions in the Hudson River Estuary’s shore zone, especially in light of potential climate change impacts, including sea level rise and increased storm intensity.

Our Objectives

The Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project has five overarching objectives:

  • Characterize present and future estuary and shoreline conditions
  • Determine ecological, engineering, and economic trade-offs of shoreline management options
  • Characterize shoreline decision-making arenas and opportunities
  • Demonstrate innovative shorelines and best management practices
  • Create shoreline decision tools and communicate results

Project Overview

To reach these five objectives, project partners have funded and coordinated studies of fish populations along shoreline types, demonstration projects of shoreline restoration, cost analyses of shoreline treatments, and user perception surveys, among many other efforts.

Through a collaborative process, the project aims to reach and engage key shoreline stakeholders and decision-makers, including property owners, regulators, policy-makers, experts and consultants, in order to build consensus about preferred methods for shoreline stabilization. Our project team includes natural and social scientists, engineers, natural resource managers, communication specialists, and consensus building experts.

This multi-year effort is led by the NYSDEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Partners in the Project include Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, and Stevens Institute of Technology. The Consensus Building Institute facilitates the Project. The Project is supported by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of New Hampshire.

Organizations involved in the collaborative process include:

  • Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies
  • NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Cornell University
  • New York Sea Grant
  • NYS Department of State, Coastal Management Program
  • NYS Office of Climate Change
  • NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation
  • Pace University Land Use Law Center
  • Scenic Hudson
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • NOAA

See a full project overview here.

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