Hudson River Estuary Program: 2021 By the Numbers

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Hudson River Estuary Program: 2021 By the Numbers

Map of Hudson River Estuary Watershed with 165 stars indicating project locations.In 2021, DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program awarded 39 Estuary Grants, supported 19 research projects, and provided hands-on technical assistance to 62 municipalities and three county agencies in 165 locations throughout the Hudson River Valley. More than $3 million in NYS Environmental Protection Funds supported these projects, which included tree plantings, climate-adaptation plans, water quality monitoring, fish habitat restoration, river access improvements, and education programs. Our funding leveraged more than $10 million in grants and funding from local governments, state and federal agencies, and environmental organizations.

  • 65, 770 people subscribe to our e-newsletter Hudson RiverNet and almost 19,000 subscribe to the Hudson River Almanac.
  • 2,763 local decision-makers received training on best management practices for climate-adaptation, watershed protection, conservation and land use, and sustainable shorelines.
  • 3,430 people volunteered to help amphibians cross roads, count eels, plant trees, and record fishing data for striped bass.
  • 39 Estuary Grants totaling $1,576,180 were awarded this year, with 77 percent in environmental justice communities.
  • This year marked the 43rd year of tracking and monitoring the dynamics of migratory fish populations in the Hudson River estuary.
  • 36 candidate restoration sites in the tidal Hudson and its tributaries were assessed to identify project type and potential benefit.
  • 18,961 visits were made to hrecos.org, the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System website from universities, nonprofit organizations, boaters, and state and federal agencies interested in environmental monitoring data.
  • Trees for Tribs staff and over 620 volunteers planted more than 4,800 native trees and shrubs, restoring 10.7 acres on 1.5 miles of stream.
  • 23 watershed groups worked with us to achieve regional stream conservation goals.
  • 47 percent of communities in the Hudson Valley have taken the Climate Smart Communities pledge, and 14 percent are certified Climate Smart.
  • 12 municipalities have created new or updated conservation practices, plans, and policies, including 5 in priority conservation areas; 32.3 percent of municipalities have used Natural Resource Inventories in their planning.
  • 10,264 students, educators, volunteers, and members of the public participated in remote and in-person Hudson River environmental education programs.
  • 24 new Hudson River curriculum modules will help schools teach about the Hudson.
  • 6 Estuary Grants totaling $269,716 were awarded to local governments and nonprofit organizations to enhance river access in their communities and improve accessibility for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Bird's eye view of the Hudson River taken from the Bear Mountain Bridge.

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