A Day in the Life of the Hudson River

October 20, 2016


seine Mohawk piermont
Valentino Albany stonypoint
The fourteenth annual 'Day in the Life of the Hudson River' was threatened by rain predictions for the region. While most samplers had dry skies, rain hit several locations by lunchtime, and our Mohawk site sampled in steady rainfall and sought shelter under a bridge (above center photo). Overall the Hudson Valley has been experiencing a drought with rainfall well below average throughout the entire sampling area. The drought has effects on the Hudson River including Atlantic Ocean salt pushed fiurther upriver than is normal for this time of year. The saltfront, 100 ppm chloride, was found up past Poughkeepsie at ~ RM 83 (see standardized salinity sheet), >20 miles above Newburgh Bay where we often find it at this time of year. In the fourteen years of 'Day in the Life' events it approached this region of the estuary on one other event, in 2007, when it was located five miles south of this at ~RM 78. Salt loving fish species moved further upriver with the saltwater. Bluefish were netted as far up as RM 60 at Beacon Long Dock! The lack of rain has also meant lower turbidity with less runoff from the Mohawk and Upper Hudson to bring sediments and nutrients down. The DEC fisheries team has recorded lower fish counts leading up to the'Day in the Life' event which was also reflected in lower counts from many of our sampling sites.

*Grey designates a HS partner site

Site Names/Locations

Files by Site (word) Files by Site (pdf)

Site Names/Locations

Site Data (word) Site Data (pdf)
Files by Topic

Middleburgh Schoharie Creek

Mohawk Mohawk Lower Nyack Beach, Nyack College & RCC RM30.4 RM30.4

Sites & Participating Groups

Peebles Island - HS

RM154 RM154 Lower Nyack Beach, Nyack - Blue Rock RM30.4 RM30.4
Tabbed Masterfile of all items below (excel)

Peebles Island - ES

RM154 RM154

Nyack Memorial Park - HS



Below: PDF Files by Parameter Green Island Park, Green Island RM153 RM153 Piermont Pier, Piermont RM25.4 RM25.4
Physical Factors Hudson Shores Park, Watervleit



Mattiessen Park, Irvington HS RM25 RM25
Tides Corning Preserve, Albany RM 145.5 RM 145.5 Dobbs Ferry Waterfront RM23 RM23


Papscanee Preserve

RM140 RM140 MacEachron Park, Hastings RM22 RM22
Salinity (student reported) Henry Hudson Park, Bethlehem RM138 RM138 JFK Marina, Yonkers RM19.5 RM19.5

Salinity Standardized /collected water samples

Schodack Island RM133.4 RM133.4 Alpine Boat Basin, Alpine NJ RM19 RM19
Chemistry (DO/pH/Nit/Phos/Alk) Nutten Hook RM124.5 RM124.5 Beczak,Habirshaw Park, Yonkers RM18.3 RM18.3

Fish Catch

Riverfront Park, Coxsackie RM123 RM123 St. Vincent's Point, Bronx RM17 RM17
Macroinvertebrate Catch Athen Riverside Park, Athens RM117.5


Inwood Hill Park, Harlem River (Rochambeau HS) Hrl RM14 Hrl RM14

Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson (2 HS)


RM 117a

Inwood Hill Park, Harlem River (Kingsbridge Acad) Hrl RM 14 Hrl RM14
RM117b RM 117b
Shipping Cohotate Preserve, Athens RM115 RM115 Swindler Cove, Hrlm River Hrl RM13a Hrl RM13a
Other Observations Lasher Memorial Park, Germantown RM108.5 RM108.5 Ward's Island, NYC Hrl RM1 Hrl RM1
Sediment cores Saugerties Lighthouse, Saugerties RM102 RM102 Fort Washington Park RM11.5 RM11.5
  Falling Water, Glasco, Ulster RM100.5 RM100.5

Pier 125th St., NYC, Columbia Secondary

RM10 RM10
Tivoli Bay South, Redhook RM98 RM98 Pier 125th St., NYC, The Columbia School RM10 RM10
Ulster Landing Park, Saugerties ES


ES RM97 Pier i, 59th Street - Riverside Park RM6.8 RM6.8
Ulster Landing Park, Saugerties HS HS RM97 HS RM97

Hudson River Park Pier 86, The Intrepid

RM5.7 RM5.7
Robert Post Park, Kingston HS RM94 HS RM94 Hudson River Park Pier 84 RM5.6 RM5.6
Kingston, Clearwater Mid River RM92 RM92 Pier 64, Hudson River Park RM4.7 RM4.7
Kingston Point, Kingston



Pier 63, Hudson River Park RM4.3 RM4.3
Esopus Meadows, Ulster Park RM87 RM87 Hudson River Park Pier 45 (NYSWD) RM3.2 RM3.2
Norrie Point, Staatsburgh


RM84.5 Hudson River Park Pier 45 (HS) RM3.2 RM3.2
Quiet Cove, Poughkeepsie



Hudson River Park Pier 40 RM2.9 RM2.9
Highland Landing Park, Highland RM76.4 RM76.4

Governor's Island AM & PM



Waryas Park/Fallkill Poughkeepsie RM76 RM76

Governor's Island AM & PM

RM -1 PM

RM -1 PM

Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie RM75.5 RM75.5 Concrete Plant, Bronx River Bronx Center for Science BrxRM1.5 BrxRM1.5
Chelsea Boat Launch, Wappinger Falls RM65 RM65 Concrete Plant, Bronx River Pelham Prepatory Academy BrxRM1.5 BrxRM1.5
Riverfront Park, Beacon RM61.2 RM61.2 Barretto Park, East River
ER RM11.5
ER RM11.5
Long Dock, Beacon RM61 RM61 Hallets Point, East River ER RM8.7 ER RM8.7
NewburghYatch Club RM60.2 RM60.2 World Fair Marina in Flushing Bay, East River ER RM8 ER RM8
Dennings Point, Beacon RM60 RM60

Gantry Plaza, East River

ER RM5.7 ER RM5.7
Plum Point, New Windsor RM58.1 RM58.1 Hunters Point, East River ER RM5.6 ER RM5.6
Kowawese, New Windsor RM58 RM58
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy- St. Francis
ER RM2.3 ER RM2.3
Cornwall Landing RM57 RM57 Fulton Ferry Landing, East River ER RM2.3 ER RM2.3
Little Stony Point, Cold Spring RM55 RM55 Lower East Side Ecology Center, East River ER RM1.9 ER RM1.9
Garrison Landing, Garrison RM51.5 RM51.5 Southstreet Seaport, East River AM ER RM1.7 ER RM1.7
Riverfront Green, Peekskill RM43.5


Southstreet Seaport, East River PM ER RM1.7 ER RM1.7
Verplanck, Steamboat Dock RM41


Valentino Pier, Red Hook AM


George's Island RM40 RM40 Valentino Pier, Red Hook PM NYH-2 NYH-2
Stony Point/Grassy Point Marina RM39 RM39 Bay Ridge Veterans's Memorial Pier HS NYH-5 NYH-5
Haverstraw Bay County Park RM38 RM38 Bay Ridge Veterans's Memorial Pier ES NYH-5 NYH-5
Bowline Park, Haverstraw RM37


Canarsie Pier, ES


Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson



Canarsie Pier, MS NYH-7 NYH-7
Louis Engel Park, Ossining RM32.5 RM32.5 Coney Island Pier NYH-9.1 NYH-9.1
Hook Mtn. State Park Steps, Nyack, Nyack MS RM30.5 RM30.5 Great Kills Park, Staten Island




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