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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

  • 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
  • Create methodology to monitor success
  • Study the effects of intense storms on shoreline performance


Project Overview

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.

To find more information and resources:

About Us & Project Overview

Regulatory Guidance

Spatial Information for Designing a Shoreline

Shorelines Ecology

Shorelines Engineering 

Current Sustainable Shorelines Projects

An Analysis of Shorelines Following Three Historic Storms

Shoreline Demonstration Site Network

Sustainable Shorelines Designs Webinar Series

Assessing Ecological and Physical Performance

Publications & Resources

Beyond the Hudson River

Frequently Asked Questions

Through a collaborative process, the project has engaged key shoreline stakeholders and decision-makers, including property owners, permit staff, policy-makers, and design consultants, in order to build consensus about preferred methods for alternatives to hard-engineered shoreline protection. The 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. Funding began in 2008 and continued through 4 phases, concluding in  Spring 2019.

Organizations who have been involved in the collaborative process include:

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

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.