"A Day in the Life of the Hudson River"

October 10, 2013

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On our eleventh annual 'Day in the Life of the Hudson River 2013' the weather threated rain after a fairly dry August that for the second straight year saw salt move up beyond Newburgh. The day was cold, averaging a full 10 degrees Celcius colder than 2012 and in many areas the tides were at the high end of their range, challenging the seining teams. Overall fish counts were down, with several sites coming up with empty nets. Student observations from Hastings HS noted that "The tides and weather could affect the amount of fish in the area" and they saw the effects with no fish finding their way into the net during their seines.In the lower salty estuary large numbers of ctenaphores were reported while a pipefish turned up in the net in the freshwater site of Esopus Meadows. While 2012 had marked the end of regular monitoring by the USGS for the 'salt front' (recorded as 100 ppm Cl-) 2013 saw its return with the saltfront reported on 10/10/13 at RM 69.3 by New Hamburg.
 
Reflections, photos, poems, imaginings from the Day in the Life event 2013
photo essay The full cycle of our Day in the Life of the Hudson River does not just start 10/10/13 at each of our sites. It begins at an given point in the Hudson River watershed days, weeks, months before our field event, when water starts to move through the watershed on its way to the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River. See this photo essay from Doug Reed, our most northern educator who started his Day in the Life journey on October 9th, 2013 high in the Adirondacks High Peaks looking at Mount Marcy which many of you will recognize as the northernmost start of the Hudson River. His site data is listed under RM 300. Many students reported being cold during sampling, but be sure to check the temperature data Doug collected!
'Haibuns on the Hudson River '
On October 10th I took my class to visit the Saugerties Lighthouse. Lighthouse keeper, Patrick Landewe was kind enough to give us a tour —up into the observation tower!...more
Reading & Writing the Hudson, Susan Fox Rogers & Bard College
'Human Impact on the Hudson'
Humans are polluting the Hudson river everyday. Pipes of liquid waste, chemicals from our lawns, salt from our roads, boats, even ir pollution have an impact on our river. The water is precious, and what do we do? ...more

Brian 7th grade Robert C. Parker School, Site: RM 153, Green Island, NY

'Reflection on the Day'
It was a grey day on the Hudson River. As we traveled into the brackish water, less and less fish and varieties of fish were found. Puzzling, very puzzling. It drizzled softly and as the fog grew, so did the waves as we drew nearer to the salty Atlantic. We could taste the salt in the air, we were close.
Brian C. & Ian J. 6th grade North Colonie CSD, Site: RM 152, Watervleit, NY

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Middleburgh Schoharie Creek

Mowahk Mohawk Riverfront Green, Peekskill

RM43

RM43

Sites & Participating Groups

Newcomb, Adirondacks High Peaks RM300 RM300 Verplanck, Steamboat Dock RM41 RM41
  Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville RM200 RM200 George's Island RM 39.5 RM 39.5
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Peebles Island -AM

RM154 RM154

Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, MS

RM35E

RM35E

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Green Island Park, Green Island RM153 RM153 Croton Point Park, HS RM35E RM35E
  Watervleit RM152 RM152 Bowline Park, Haverstraw RM35W RM35W
Physical Factors Corning Preserve, Albany RM145 RM145 Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining RM32 RM32
Tides Rensselaer Riverfront Park

RM144

RM144

Nyack Beach, Hook Mountain - Blue Rock RM31

RM31

Currents

Henry Hudson Park, Bethlehem RM138 RM138 Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow RM30.5E RM30.5E
Salinity (student reported) Schodack Island State Park, Schodack Landing RM133 RM133

Nyack Memorial Park - HS

HS RM28

HS RM28

Salinity Standardized reading Stuyvesant Landing, Stuyvesant RM127 RM127 Nyack Memorial Park - UNES

ES RM28

ES RM28

Chemistry (DO/pH/Nit/Phos/Alk) Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson RM118 RM118

Mathiessen Park, Irvington - HS

HS RM25E

HS RM25E

Fish Catch

Cohotate Preserve, Athens RM115 RM115 Mathiessen Park, Irvington - MS

MS RM25E

MS RM25E

Macroinvertebrate Catch Lasher Memorial Park, Germantown RM108 RM108 Piermont Pier RM25W RM25W
Shipping Saugerties Lighthouse, Saugerties RM102 RM102 MacEachron Waterfront Park, Hastings RM23 RM23
Other Observations Ulster Landing Park, Saugerties

RM97

RM97

Alpine Boat Basin RM18.5 RM18.5
Chlorophyll Webpage Kingston Point, Kingston RM92 RM92 Beczak, Habirshaw Park, Yonkers RM18 RM18
Sediment webpage George Freer Park, Port Ewen RM90 RM90

Mt. St. Vincent College, NYC-received no data

RM 17 RM 17
Esopus Meadows, Ulster Park AM

RM87

RM87

Inwood Hill Park, Harlem River - Harlem RM14 Harlem RM14
Esopus Meadows, Ulster Park PM

RM87

RM87

Sherman Creek Harlem River

Harlem RM13b

Harlem RM13b

Mills Mansion RM 85 RM 85 Swindler Cove Harlem River Harlem RM13a Harlem RM13a
Norrie Point, Staatsburgh RM84.5 RM84.5 Fort Washington Park RM11.5 RM11.5
Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie

RM78

RM78

59th Street - Riverside Park RM 5 RM 5
Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie RM76E RM76E Hudson River Park's Pier 84 - AM RM4 RM4
Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park, Highland RM76W RM76W Hudson River Park's Pier 84 - PM RM4 RM4

Riverfront Park, Beacon

RM61.1 RM61.1 Hudson River Park's Pier 45 - NYCSWD RM2.5 RM2.5
Long Dock, Beacon RM61E RM61E Hudson River Park's Pier 45 - Wallerstein RM2.5 RM2.5
Newburgh Landing, Newburgh RM61W RM61W Hudson River Park Pier 40, River Project RM2 RM2
Dennings Point, Beacon RM60 RM60 Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy, East River East River RM1E East River RM1E
Kowawese Unique Area RM58a RM58a Lower East Side Ecology Center, East River East River RM1W East River RM1W
Kowawese New Windsor RM58b RM58b Upper NY Bay/ Buttermilk Channel Governor's Island Governor's Island
Donahue Memorial Park, Cornwall Landing RM57 RM57 Gerritsen Creek Jamaica Bay Jamaica Bay
Little Stony Point, Cold Spring RM55

RM55

Wolf Park, Staten Island RM-10 RM-10

 

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