|DEC has adopted the 2019 – 2024 Hudson River National Estuarine Reserve (HRNERR) Management Plan to guide the conservation and stewardship of federally designated and state-protected tidal wetland sites along 100 miles of the estuary. The 2019 - 2024 management plan provides a foundation for education programs, professional training, research, public access, and resource stewardship.
The Hudson River Research Reserve is operated as a partnership between DEC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA designated the reserve in 1982 as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a network of 29 protected U.S. coastal areas that promote sustainability and improve coastal management through research and education about estuaries.
The reserve includes four tidal wetland and upland complexes that span the middle 100 miles of the tidal Hudson River, with two sites in Rockland County (Piermont Marsh and Iona Island), one in Dutchess County (Tivoli Bays), and one in Columbia County (Stockport Flats). At the Norrie Point Environmental Center, DEC conducts management-oriented research, environmental monitoring, habitat restoration, training for decision-makers, and education. The sites and programs are managed by the Research Reserve in partnership with DEC and its Hudson River Estuary Program, and the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation.