About the Plan

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


Photograph of Kingston Waterfront during the Quadricentennial; ©Steve Stanne/NYSDEC

Several not-for-profit organizations, in consultation with state and federal agencies, have completed the Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Hudson River estuary, from the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to the Federal Lock and Dam at Troy, NY. The 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. The plan identifies potential projects aimed at accomplishing the various target goals.

The plan centers around 12 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 defines measurable targets for habitat restoration and a framework to track and evaluate our collective progress. It draws on decades of Hudson River research and the strength of an innovative public-private partnership that is working on a landscape scale.