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New Tide Station on the Hudson River at Turkey Point

Fig 1. Surveyors use survey techniques to ensure stability in the area surrounding Turkey Point (photo- S. Fernald)

The only water level/ tide station on the Hudson River Estuary above the Battery in New York City became operational at Turkey Point in the Fall of 2017.  The station (Figure 2) provides real-time reports of water and meteorological conditions and is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Water Level Observing Network (NWLON).

Fig 2. Research Staff at Turkey Point. Navigational tower on left, weather station on right, water level equipment in foreground. (photo- S. Fernald)

Turkey Point is on the west side of the Hudson River in Ulster County, 98 miles north of New York City’s Battery and fills a key observational gap on the 152-mile-long estuary. Chris Mitchell and the research staff of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve spent several years installing the station. This process included site selection, land surveying (Figure 1 and 2), the installation of a meteorological tower, and the establishment of the tide station. The maintenance of the site, weather

station, and tide station is ongoing and involves precise land surveying to ensure site stability.

Meteorological data collected include barometric pressure, air temperature, wind direction and speed, and relative humidity. 

Water level measurements (Figure 3) are taken every 6 minutes and are available in real time, however, there is a 12-minute lag time for data input. The station was incorporated by NOAA CO-OPS (Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services) into the NWLON in October 2017, and all data currently collected from the station is considered preliminary.

Fig 3. Deployment tubes containing water level sensors attached to the steel bulkhead. (photo- B. Ganon)

Water level data can be used to observe daily tides, as in Figure 4 below, water temperature, localized tidal datum predictions, episodic water levels due to storms, and establish long term water level trends. The nearest NWLON station is at the Battery in Manhattan and has been operational for over 100 years.  The project partners include NOAA, CO-OPS, NYSDEC, HRNERR, HREP, and NEIWPCC.

 

The meteorological data and water level data can be found at: 

https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/stationhome.html?id=8518962

The tide station was funded by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and CO-OPS. 

Fig 4. Observed water levels at Turkey Point tide station over a 5 day period.

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2018

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.

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