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Sustainable Shorelines for New York's Hudson River

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Battered by tides, ice, storms, and human activity, nearly half of New York state's Hudson River shoreline has been “armored up” by structures such as steel bulkheads or rock revetments. While these structures can protect vulnerable infrastructure in high-energy situations, they also disrupt surrounding habitats.

In response, the Hudson River Reserve launched the Sustainable Shorelines project. With support from two collaborative research grants that were awarded in 2010 and 2013, this long-term, collaborative initiative is advancing understanding of the engineering, economic, and ecological tradeoffs of using different shoreline management options today—and as the climate shifts and sea levels rise—for generations to come.