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