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Plastic pollution is a global concern, posing water quality challenges to organisms and water quality including in the Hudson River. For the last five years, Hudson River Park has collected and categorized macroplastics — plastics larger than 1 inch — from the Park’s Gansevoort Peninsula shoreline in partnership with Brooklyn College and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Data collected during this study is entered into the NOAA Marine Debris Tracker and contributes to the greater understanding of the impacts of plastic pollution on our local waterways.

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 the Gansevoort Peninsula. In 2018, over 100 volunteers supported this project to collect and categorized 6,200 pieces of marine debris, collectively weighing 1,000 pounds. This work removes trash from our shoreline but also provides information that helps scientists 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

Cleaning up the plastic found throughout Hudson River Park's estuary

Get Involved! Schedule a Shoreline Cleanup

Hudson River Park’s River Project invites organized groups (ages 18+) to support the marine debris study marine debris study through an engaging and informative volunteer day in the Park: 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 education@hrpt.ny.gov.