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Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary:
Bi-Annual Restoration Conference

June 8, 2016

Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY

Restoring The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary: Bi-Annual Restoration Conference

Nearly 200 participants gather to discuss restoring and protecting the Estuary on June 8, 2016 at the Alexander Hamilton US Customs House in New York, NY.

The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program’s Restoration Work Group welcomed participants and speakers to "Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary," the Program’s bi-annual conference focused on restoration and conservation.

The day began with the release of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan, followed by a look at our harbor-wide progress and challenges, emerging research, and finishing with a theme of connectivity in the urban mosaic.

  • Conference Program | PDF

  • Comprehensive Restoration Plan release celebrated at restoration conference | Click Here

  • Presentations – PDFs are listed below for speakers (as available) in the agenda below:


Welcoming remarks:

Clay Hiles, Executive Director of the Hudson River Foundation)

Colonel David A. Caldwell, Commander and District Engineer of the US Army Corps of Engineers


Overview of the day:

Overview and the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Restoration Feasibility Study
Lisa Baron, Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers and Chair, Restoration Work Group of the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program

Informing our Priorities for the Next Five Years – Revising the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Action Agenda
Robert Pirani, NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Director, Hudson River Foundation


Restoration Progress 2016: The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program’s Restoration Work Group will review recent progress towards goals and what has led to success and challenges to restoration implementation. | Presentation (pdf)


Carl Alderson, Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Habitat Restoration Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lisa Baron, Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers

Debbie Mans, Executive Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper

Dan Miller, Restoration Coordinator, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program

Dr. Andrew Peck, Freshwater Project Manager (Eastern New York), The Nature Conservancy

Susan Maresca, Marine Resources Program Manager, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Moderator: Kate Boicourt, NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Restoration Program Manager, Hudson River Foundation


Coastal habitat restoration: Research and emerging techniques for the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary

Jim Lodge, Senior Scientist, Hudson River Foundation | Presentation (pdf)
Oysters: what do we know now and where are we going?

Marit Larson, Director of Wetland Restoration, New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Group | Presentation (pdf)
A current look at wetlands restoration strategies informed by past experience and recent assessment in New York City

John McLaughlin, Director of the Office of Ecological Services, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection | Presentation (pdf)
Wetlands as a strategy to improve water quality in Alley Creek

Dr. Robert Newton, Research Scientist, Columbia University | Presentation (pdf)
Developing a protocol to assess the habitat quality of urban shorelines

Dr. Jon Miller, Research Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology | Presentation (pdf)
A rapid assessment protocol for ecological and structural elements of shorelines


Breakout session: Defining restoration priorities for the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program

As part of the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program’s preparation of its 2017-2022 Action Agenda, participants in the conference will be engaged in small group discussion about priority actions and goals as they relate to habitat restoration. The results of these conversations will be synthesized and considered as the Program defines its key actions for the near- and long-term.


What We Heard: Actions for 2017-2022

Robert Pirani, NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Director, Hudson River Foundation


Connectivity and climate change: Restoring connected habitats for a more resilient future | Presentation (pdf)

Panelists will explore perspectives on connectivity in the NY-NJ Harbor: how do
we think about connectivity in an urban and suburban setting? And, given the current landscape, how can we increase connectivity for the benefit of human populations and ecosystems?


Emily Maxwell, NYC Program Director, The Nature Conservancy

Marc Matsil, New York State Director, The Trust for Public Land

Nava Tabak, Conservation Scientist, Scenic Hudson

Moderator: Adam Parris, Executive Director, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay


Closing Keynote: Dr. Steward Pickett, Distinguished Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


"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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