About the Plan

Creating a healthier, safer, and economically productive environment for us all.


Photograph of Kingston Waterfront during the Quadricentennial; ©Steve Stanne/NYSDECSeveral not-for-profit organizations, in consultation with state and federal agencies, are working to create a comprehensive, federally recognized Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan (the Plan) for the Hudson River Estuary, from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the Federal Dam at Troy. This region-wide restoration plan aims to improve the function and health of natural systems, enhance regional economic potential and increase community resiliency.

Supported by the latest scientific understanding, the plan’s ‘ecological goals’ are keys to a healthy estuary and are essential for successful restoration. Once a Plan is completed, projects aimed at accomplishing the various target goals will then be implemented throughout the region.

The Plan centers around twelve “Ecosystem Goals”.  Some targets focus on restoring habitats once plentiful in our estuary; others on enhancing access to the Hudson we share; while others address the ability of waterfront communities to cope with the impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events, including frequent and severe storms.

The Plan is an important step towards creating a healthier, safer, and economically productive environment for us all. Having a single, comprehensive Plan will result in a shared set of priorities for strategic actions and investments in the Hudson River and its shoreline. The Plan will define measurable targets for habitat restoration and a framework to track and evaluate our collective progress.  The Plan draws on decades of Hudson River research and the strength of an innovative public-private partnership that is working on a landscape scale.