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Applying the Findings of the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project

Applying the Findings of the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 8:30am to 5:00pm
Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY

Presented by HRSSP, NEIWPCC and the Hudson River Estuary Training Program. 

Purpose: Introduce the audience of shoreline engineers, landscape architects, and state permit and habitat staff to the findings of the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project (HRSSP) and raise their capacity to design and permit ecologically enhanced shoreline protection.
Welcome, Introductions & Sustainable Shorelines Project Overview
Introduction to the session and to key concepts for sustainable Hudson shorelines – Betsy Blair,  NYSDEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Ecological Principles and Guidance
Overview of the ecological role of shore zones and 10 principles for designing shore zones that support ecological function – Dave Strayer, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies

Before You Build: Regional and Community Planning Considerations for Shoreline Management
Carolyn LaBarbiera, NYS Department of State
New Information & Results

Overview of some of the key data produced and lessons learned from the Sustainable Shorelines project.

Lightning Rounds
Stories from the Hudson River Shoreline: site designers and owners with sustainable shorelines on the Hudson discussed their design, construction, and maintenance processes.

Afternoon Exercise

Participants were asked to work together during an exercise designed to utilize the resources presented throughout the day in a comprehensive way. Working on real sites with real data, participants discussed and began to design shorelines based on hypothetical future site uses at three different sites on the Hudson River. The groups used a variety of tools to inform their design, including habitat maps, geo-spatial data, and sea level rise maps.


In the spring of 2015, a follow-up survey was sent out to the participants of the workshop. A summary of these results may be found here.

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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

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.