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For Release: Monday, September 8, 2003
Contact: Maureen Wren (518) 402-8000

DEC Announced Estuaries Week Activities on the Hudson

Celebrations to be Held from New York Harbor to Troy

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today encouraged New Yorkers throughout the state to participate in Hudson River Estuary Week, September 20–28, 2003. Dozens of events will be offered from New York Harbor to Troy in celebration of National Estuaries Day on September 28, 2003, and the important coastal habitats that provide New York State with numerous environmental, recreational and economic benefits.

"Governor George E. Pataki is leading New York State's efforts to help restore the Hudson River and protect its abundant and diverse natural resources," Commissioner Crotty said. "The Hudson is a symbol of recovery for the estuaries of the entire Northeast and this week–long celebration will help us recognize past achievements and work toward an even brighter future for the Estuary."

Estuaries are important coastal habitats that are used as spawning grounds and nurseries for at least two–thirds of the nation's commercial fish and shellfish, while also providing people with popular recreational opportunities, such as swimming, boating, and bird watching. The Hudson River Estuary is a nursery for key migratory fish species of the Atlantic coast, including shad, sturgeon, striped bass and river herring.

DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program leads a regional partnership to restore the tidal waters of the Hudson and the surrounding valley that forms the estuary watershed. The program's mission is to conserve the region's world–renowned heritage of fish, wildlife, streams and scenery and to provide places for people to use and enjoy them.

Since 1995, New York State has provided over $190 million to support the recovery of the Hudson River Estuary. Programs have improved the health of the waterway, protected critical habitats, and increased recreational access to this treasured area.

Hudson River Estuaries Week events include walks, boat rides and festivals throughout the New York Harbor and up the Hudson River, demonstrating the importance of the estuary and the need to protect it. Participants can try their hands at seining for fish, exploring tidal swamps, meeting up with waterfowl, counting migratory birds, and exploring biodiversity. Hikers will learn about tree species, vernal pools and forest ecology, plus the traditional uses of plants as food and medicine.

This year, DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program is teaming up with the Hudson River Valley Greenway and its Hudson River Valley Ramble from September 20–21, 2003. The Ramble will help visitors explore the 154–mile long Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area through more than 125 guided outdoor experiences.

Carmella R. Mantello, Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council said, "I am excited to be partnering with DEC and the Estuary Program this year for National Estuaries Day and the Hudson River Valley Ramble. This year's series of events will provide participants with a record number of opportunities to explore and experience both the splendor and opportunity of the Hudson River and the dozens of community and regional trail networks throughout the Valley. It's a unique way for everyone, from residents of the Valley to tourists from outside the region, to discover the scenic, natural and historical riches of the Hudson River and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area."

For a detailed list of Hudson River Estuary Week events and more information on the Hudson River Valley Ramble, call 800–453–6665, or go to their web site. For a guide to National Estuary Day Events and for more information about estuaries, visit DEC's website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/hudson/hrep.html, or visit the National Estuarine Research Reserves Estuaries web site. For Hudson Valley tourism information, call for a free Hudson Valley Travel Guide at 1–800–232–4782, or go visit them online.


 

Hudson River Valley Ramble or email them. 

National Estuarine Research Reserves Estuaries web site

Hudson Valley tourism 

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