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With its lush greenery and protected estuarine waters, Hudson River Park serves as a much-needed habitat and travel corridor for numerous fishes, birds, crustaceans and insects. Monitoring the frequency with which these animals use the Park’s land and waters provides valuable information about the health and future of these populations.

Information gathered from Hudson River Park’s environmental monitoring initiatives helps Park managers make informed decisions about Park management and operations. In addition, these environmental monitoring projects are opportunities for students and the public to engage with the Park’s River Project in interactive, hands-on ways. Data from these projects also supports larger research initiatives that are helping protect and restore wildlife and natural resources on local, regional and national levels.

List of Current Research Projects

Students prepare the Oyster boxes to be placed in the Hudson River

Started at The River Project's Pier 26 home, now at the Lilac on Pier 25, a total of twenty-four killie and crab traps are set strategically along the historic steamship.

Volunteers help clean up plastics along the shoreline

Plastic pollution continues to pose water quality challenges to the Hudson River.

Hands holding a vial containing microplastics

Microplastics, plastics smaller than 5mm, are an emerging environmental issue that scientists are surveying to understand how they impact waters and wildlife world-wide.

A researcher measures a new oyster pulled from the river

Long ago, oysters were abundant in Hudson River Park's waters, but due to centuries of overharvesting and water pollution, wild oysters are a rare sight today.

Two researchers example the water that was pulled from the River

For 20 weeks starting in May, nearly 70 volunteer citizen scientists from local boathouses and community groups collect weekly water samples for the Citizens’ Water Quality Testing Program (CWQTP) at boat launches and docks from Yonkers to Jamaica bay.

A scientist fills a jar with water for sampling

The Hudson River Estuary is a dynamic system with changing water conditions influenced by variables including tidal, seasonal, and extreme weather impacts.