The presence and condition of Hudson River habitats has a bearing on water quality (and for some, drinking water), storm protection, shoreline erosion, recreational fisheries (and any future commercial fisheries), recreation, and the quality of our communities.
The habitats listed below are designated as priorities because it is feasible to restore them on a meaningful scale, and their restoration will improve the health and resiliency of the Hudson River estuary ecosystem.
Click below to view descriptions of our four priority habitats:
The intertidal wetlands of the Hudson River Estuary are important feeding and refuge areas for wildlife, especially resident and migratory birds, including many species of wading birds, ducks and geese. Tidal flats also protect adjacent lands by dispersing wave impact and slowing the river’s currents that can erode shorelines.
Restoration Goal: The quantity and quality of tidal/intertidal wetland habitats is increased to support habitat, scenery and water quality functions.
Restoration Goal: Increase extent to approach previous coverage and enhance mosaic of shallow water and submerged aquatic vegetation habitats for benthic animal, fish, and bird habitats and water quality.
Restoration Goal: Riparian habitats including floodplain forests, non-tidal wetlands and marshes that are connected to the Hudson River estuary and its tributaries are protected, enhanced, restored and increased to support habitat, scenery and water quality functions.
Tributaries are important habitats for a diverse community of fish and wildlife throughout the Hudson River estuary watershed. They deliver water and transport nutrients and sediment from the surrounding landscape to the estuary while providing habitats for resident and migratory fish. Man-made barriers such as dams and improperly sized or placed culverts can prevent fish from reaching fertile and productive habitats critical to their long-term survival.
Restoration Goal: Tributaries’ natural channel conditions and connections to the upland watershed support aquatic life and natural sediment transport regimes.