A healthy, vibrant and resilient Hudson River ecosystem is essential to the well-being of the people and communities of the Hudson River Valley.
The Hudson River has a vital role in the lives of the people of New York State and the nation as an iconic landscape, and environmental resource. It provides drinking water and recreational opportunities and serves as critical estuarine habitat for plants and animals including a wide variety of resident and migratory fish such as striped bass, river herring, American shad, Atlantic sturgeon and Atlantic tomcod.
The Hudson is an important economic engine for the region serving as a tourism magnet, a transportation corridor, and providing a quality of life that attracts people and businesses to the region. The Hudson’s rich history and scenic beauty have inspired generations of artists, naturalists, philosophers, tourists and residents and still does today.
A region-wide restoration effort is vital to ensuring the productivity and the health of the Hudson now and into the future.