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Hudson River: Important Documents Information

The Hudson River Natural Resources Trustees have made significant progress in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment over the past decade. This page will help you navigate to all of the reports and documents associated with their work.


Recent Publications

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees released a PCB Contamination of the Hudson River Ecosystem report showing that the Hudson River, for greater than 200 miles below Hudson Falls, New York, is extensively contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Surface waters, sediments, floodplain soils, fish, birds, wildlife, and other biota are all contaminated with PCBs.

A study on early life-stage toxicities of PCB 126 and TCDD in sturgeons, for which funding was provided by the Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees as part of the ongoing Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment, has been published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: Chambers, R. Christopher, Dawn D. Davis, Ehren A. Habeck, Nirmal K. Roy, and Isaac Wirgin. 2012. Toxic Effects of PCB126 and TCDD on Shortnose Sturgeon and Atlantic Sturgeon.

The Trustees are releasing a Hudson River Bald Eagle Update Fact Sheet and five reports that contain contaminants data on bald eagle egg samples, bald eagle fat and plasma samples, and bald eagle prey samples collected from the Hudson River, and other locations in New York State, beginning in 1998 and continuing through 2004. (May 2012). Click to expand for details on data reports.

Final Study Plan for Mink Injury Determination: Investigation of Mink Abundance and Density Relative to Polychlorinated Biphenyl Contamination with the Hudson River Drainage (July 2012)

Responsiveness Summary (July 2012) for Study Plan for Mink Injury Determination: Investigation of Mink Abundance and Density Relative to Polychlorinated Biphenyl Contamination with the Hudson River Drainage.

Updated (June 2012) Fact Sheet for Mink Injury Investigations for the Hudson River NRDA, 2012-2013.

Mink Injury Determination: Draft Study Plan and Fact Sheet for Investigation of Mink Abundance and Density Relative to Polychlorinated Biphenyl Contamination within the Hudson River Drainage.

Fact Sheet: Hudson River Restoration Planning (March 2012). Restoration is the goal of NRDA. It is an active component of damage assessment that can be seen and felt for generations. The Trustees encourage the public's continued participation in this process.

The Trustees' Restoration Proposal Form has been updated with new contact information for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


Featured

PCB Contamination of the Hudson River Ecosystem, January 2013 (1.45MB PDF)

Restoration Proposal Form (PDF) Restoration Proposal Form (docx) February 2012

Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan, September 2002 (2MB PDF)

Fact Sheet: Summary of the Damage Assessment Plan, September 2002 (PDF)

Hudson River Restoration: Role of Natural Resource Trustees, Spring 2002

Summer 2000 Status Report on the Hudson River NRDA, Summer 2000 (PDF)

More publications (PDF)


Questions on Documents or Reports?

Reports and other documents were prepared by the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Natural Resource Trustees, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Department of the Interior). Please direct any questions or comments related to the Hudson River NRDA:

Kathryn Jahn, FWS, Ecological Services, New York Field Office, 607-753-9334, kathryn_jahn@fws.gov

Robin Heubel, FWS Region 5 NRDA Coordinator, 413-253-8630, robin_heubel@fws.gov


Outline of Case Documents

Documents within the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Case Documents PDF are organized under the following headings:

  1. Preliminary Assessment Phase
  2. Assessment Planning and Injury Assessment
    1. Assessment Planning
    2. Injury Determination and Quantification
      1. Biological Resources (Fish, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians)
      2. Surface water
      3. Ground Water (currently no documents)
      4. Geologic Resources
      5. Air (currently no documents)
  3. Damage Determination and Restoration
  4. Public participation
  5. Coordination with GE and EPA

Hudson River Home

Significance of the Hudson River and its Resources

Injuries and Effects of PCBs

Restoring our Resources

FAQ/Correcting Misinformation

Case Documents

Connect with Us

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have established a listserv to provide updates on the ongoing natural resource damage assessment and restoration efforts for the Hudson River. The public is invited to join the listserv for periodic updates on this effort.

To join the Hudson-NRDA listserv:

1. Send a message to:
requests@willamette.nos.noaa.gov

2. Write in the subject:
Subscribe hudsonnrda

3. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to which you MUST reply within 24 hours.


CONTACT HUDSON RIVER TRUSTEES

Kathryn Jahn
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
3817 Luker Road
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-9334
Kathryn_Jahn@fws.gov

Tom Brosnan
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East West Highway SSMC4, Room 10219
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-713-3038 x186
Tom.Brosnan@noaa.gov

Sean Madden
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233
518-402-8977
ssmadden@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Last updated: May 22, 2013