Hudson River


A hydrographic survey launch from the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson in New York Harbor. Image credit:NOAA

Spotlight on the Northeast: The Hudson-Raritan Estuary, an Urban Ecosystem on the Rebound

Walking the busy streets of Manhattan, it’s easy to overlook the Hudson River as a living ecosystem, or think about its natural history. The Iroquois people native to the area called the Hudson Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk —"river that flows two ways" — a nod to the twice-daily pulse of the tides. Estuaries, where freshwater rivers meet the saltwater ocean, are some of the most productive, important, and impacted environments on the planet. The Hudson-Raritan Estuary exemplifies these contrasts.

Brown mink standing on rock next to stream surrounded by plants.

Mink numbers low in PCB-laden Hudson River, study finds

This week the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), NOAA’s co-trustee on the Hudson River hazardous waste site, issued a press release and fact sheet about a new study on mink.

NOAA at SUBMERGE Marine Science Fest 2017

New York City kids of all ages can explore marine science at this year's SUBMERGE Science Festival.
Celebrate NYC's coastal waters on Saturday, September 16 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pmHudson River Park's Pier 26. Rain Date: September 17.
NOAA staff from Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory and the Office of Response and Restoration will be there to provide a range of exciting opportunities.

Front row left to right: Lisa Rosman (NOAA), John Jengo (STANTEC), Fran Dunwell (NYSDEC), Cathy Marion (USFWS), Melissa Foster (USFWS); Back row left to right: Rob Pirani (NY/NJ HEP), Reyhan Mehran (NOAA), David Bean (NJDEP), Carl Alderson (NOAA), Mark Walters (NJDEP)

NOAA Staff Recognized for Work in Hudson and Raritan Watersheds

Leaders of the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program gathered on May 23, 2017, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of both programs and to recognize key partners that have been instrumental in their success at the "State of the Estuary Conference." Included among the honorees were staff from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration and National Marine Fisheries Service Restoration Center who were recognized with a conservation achievement award for their work in reconnecting tributaries in

GE Hudson Fall Plant site.

NOAA Scientists Publish Paper Predicting Prolonged Contamination of Fish at the Hudson River Superfund Site

The Hudson River Superfund site has been contaminated with millions of pounds of toxic PCBspolychlorinated biphenyls; a class of chemicals previously used in manufacturing that remain in the environment for many decades, accumulate in living creatures, and pose health hazards to humans, wildlife, and fish. since the 1940s. At 200 miles long, it is one of NOAA's largest natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) c

GE Hudson Falls Plant site.

Hudson River Trustees Determine Injury to Groundwater

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees released an injury determination report finding that the tested groundwater of three New York towns is sufficiently contaminated that it exceeds groundwater standards. 

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Hudson River shoreline looking south from a location just upriver. Contamination found within and below the river sediments shown in this photo.

Quanta Resources Corporation

Hazardous Waste Site | Edgewater, NJ | 1930 to present

The Quanta Resources Corporation site in Edgewater, NJ, is a former oil and tar storage and recycling facility on approximately 8 acres. The site is adjacent to the lower Hudson River, approximately 9.9 miles upstream of Upper New York Bay.

Wild rice is one of several species reintroduced to East Foundry Cove marsh as part of on-going efforts to reconstruct the wetland following remediation in 1995.

Marathon Battery

Hazardous Waste Site | Cold Spring, NY | 1952 to Present

General Electric plant on the Hudson River.

Hudson River

Hazardous Waste Site | Hudson Falls, NY | 1947 to Present

Beginning in 1947 and continuing for approximately 30 years, General Electric (GE) Company released more than a million pounds of PCBs into the upper Hudson River. These chemicals were a byproduct of GE’s industrial operations at Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, New York. Since then, ongoing discharges of PCBs have continued from sediments and underground sources.