Marine Debris

Plastic pollution continues to pose water quality challenges to the Hudson River. For the last five years, HRP has collected and categorized macroplastics, plastics larger than 1in, from the Park’s Gansevoort Peninsula in partnership with Brooklyn College and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.)

Marine Debris Study

Hudson River Park uses the NOAA marine debris protocol to collect and monitor debris found on the Park’s soft shoreline at Gansevoort Peninsula. In 2018, over 100 volunteers supported this project to collect and categorize 6,200 pieces of marine debris collectively weighing 1,000lbs. This work removes trash from our shoreline and provides information that helps us examine the distribution, concentration and variability of debris in the Park’s waters.

2019 Marine Debris Report

2018 Marine Debris Report

Download 2018 Marine Debris Data

Get Involved! Schedule a Shoreline Cleanup

Hudson River Park's Estuary Lab invites organized groups (ages 18+) to support this marine debris study through an engaging and informative volunteer day. Volunteers count, categorize and remove marine debris from our shoreline alongside dedicated Estuary Lab scientists. Join us to help improve conditions in our Hudson River Estuary, protect Hudson River Park's Estuarine Sanctuary and build a community of dedicated environmental stewards!

To learn more and schedule a cleanup, email