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…the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary is in great need of restoration. It is a complex ecological system in the midst of a thriving metropolitan center. Far more than just the port, the estuary includes rivers, wetlands, coastline, and open waters spanning over 1,600 square miles across New York and New Jersey.

» State of the Estuary: June 2017 Meeting | Click Here

The State of the Estuary:  Looking Back, Moving Forward

» Restoration Progress Report released | Click Here

» Nearly 200 participants gather in June 2016 to discuss restoring & protecting the Estuary | Read More

Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Conference - June 2016

» Substantial progress made toward restoration of the New York–New Jersey Harbor Estuary (February 2015)
Restoration of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary

An estuary is the area where the freshwater of the river meet the salt water tides of the sea. This combination of fresh and brackish waters creates rich and varied natural habitats that provide critical benefits to our environment. Estuaries are important to our ecosystem because they filter sediment, recycle nutrients, and provide habitat for fish and other wildlife.

Throughout history, the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary has been an urban center for development and commerce within our ever-expanding nation. Years of intensive use by humans has caused severe habitat loss and degradation, poor water quality, and sediment contamination. Public access to the estuary has become less available in many parts of the estuary too. As a result, the ecological integrity, health of the estuary, and societal values in the region have been impacted.  Considering the national and regional important of the harbor, it is time to restore this critical ecosystem so that it can continue to provide benefits for all.

When it comes to restoring the “Waters We Share,” The Comprehensive Restoration Plan was developed to provide the blueprint for restoration for the entire New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary. The Restoration Plan will support the estuary’s economic activities, provide jobs, and simultaneously provide the knowledge and resources it will take to restore its ecological integrity

For more on how you can help us restore the waters we share, see the "About Waters We Share" section. You can also contact us at habitat@harborestuary.org.

See the "Resources" section for fast facts on the New York- New Jersey Harbor Estuary, more on our Comprehensive Restoration Plan, an educational brochure, as well as links to some of our restoration partners.

» See the Interactive Habitat Site Map

Interactive Habitat Site Map View Interactive Habitat Site Map



What's New?

Resource Sites
New York City Clean Soil Bank | Click Here

Substantial progress made toward restoration of the New York–New Jersey Harbor Estuary | Click Here

Check out our Comprehensive Restoration Plan, incl the 2016 Final Report | Click Here

Videos and presenations from June 2014's "Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary" | Click Here


Includes presentations and restoration opportunities | Click Here

HEP Restoration Nominations

Learn more on how to nominate a new site for restoration or public access for the Comprehensive Restoration Plan | Click Here

Download and print our "Waters We Share" brochure | PDF

Learn more about "how you can help" us restore the "Waters We Share" | Click Here

Get some "fast facts" on the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary | Click Here

"The Waters We Share" is a collaborative effort developed by the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program,
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
and the US Army Corps of Engineers - New York District.
Photo credit in masthead: c. Don Riepe, American Littoral Society

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