News from the Hudson River Estuary Program
The Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Hudson River estuary was completed in August by a group of more than 30 organizations in consultation with state and federal agencies. The plan details the current conditions of the Hudson River estuary, identifies potential restoration sites, and recognizes the needs that must be addressed in the coming decades to restore the river and prepare for future conditions, including sea-level rise and increasingly frequent and severe storms. It was designed to inform and enhance two existing plans for the river – the federal New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program Action Agenda and the New York State Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.
Combining natural resource and people needs with potential projects related to river restoration, including community infrastructure and waterfront access opportunities, The Nature Conservancy and partners analyzed the 125-mile stretch of the estuary from Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to the Federal Lock and Dam at Troy.
New York is making significant investments to restore the river and bolster the resiliency of communities along its banks through the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act and $300 million Environmental Protection Fund, and this new plan provides another important tool to ensure these investments are being maximized to improve the health of the Hudson and the regional economy it supports for future generations.