NY State Hudson River Estuary Program

WRI’s competitive grants program is operated jointly with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP). The primary objective of this program is to bring innovative science to watershed planning, management, and policy. WRI encourages proposals that support the strategic goals of the HREP since it provides significant funding to this WRI grants program. WRI is most interested in supporting research to assist management and outreach in Benefits 1 (Clean Water), and 2 (Resilient Communities) of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, although research needs in all Benefits are eligible. Previous projects that have been awarded can be accessed through the links on the left.

If you have a research project that you think would be of interest to the Hudson River Estuary Program, or want to make WRI aware of your expertise for consideration in future funding calls, please contact us at nyswri [at] cornell.edu.

Projects by Year

  • Integrating social and ecological processes to advance aquatic connectivity restoration in the Hudson River watershed
  • Equitable Green Infrastructure Planning in NY: Assessing the state of knowledge and best practices to facilitate collaborative learning
    Zbigniew Grabowski, The New School
  • Mid-Hudson Young Environmental Scientist Project in Local Watershed Ecology (MH-YES)- Year 5
    Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute
  • Examining Student Connections to the Ocean
    Meghan E. Marrero, Mercy College
  • Learning to Manage Oyster Population Connectivity by Studying When, Where, and What Oyster Larvae Settle
    Matthew Hare, Cornell University
  • Promoting Hudson River Water Literacy and Sustainable Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management through Passive Acoustics
    Alex Flecker, Cornell University
  • Advancing and Expanding Design for Climate-resilient Communities in New York State
    Josh Cerra, Cornell University
  • Aquatic Connectivity and Ecosystem Services Restoration Through Removal and Monitoring of Outdated Dams and Barriers
    Patrick Sullivan, Cornell University
  • Black Dirt Futures: Green Infrastructure Scenarios for the Southern Wallkill
    Anne Weber, Cornell University
  • Equity in Flood Insurance Access in a Changing National Flood Insurance Program
    Jack Zinda, Cornell University
  • The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES) 2021 Program
    Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute
  • Rural landscapes as infrastructure
    Anne Weber, Cornell University
  • Culvert analysis
    Ben Houston, Groundpoint Engineering
  • Hudson tributary dam removal
    Pat Sullivan, Cornell University
  • Ecoacoustics as an emerging approach for understanding anthropogenic change in the Hudson River Estuary
    Alex Flecker & Aaron Rice, Cornell University
  • Comparative frameworks of flood risk awareness, adaptation, & mitigation in Troy & Kingston
    Jack Zinda, Global Development
  • Design for climate-resilient Hudson River communities
    Josh Cerra, Cornell University
  • Development of a rapid, user-friendly bacterial health monitoring tool to assist urban oyster restoration
    Elizabeth Suter, Molloy College
  • Evolutionary restoration of fishes following barrier removal in New York
    Alex Flecker, Cornell University
  • Water Ways: New York City youth's water consumption behaviors and perceptions
    Jerel Ezell, Cornell University
  • Ghost Dam Identification
    Brian Rahm, WRI
  • Mid-Hudson Young Environmental Scientist Project in local watershed ecology (MH-YES) Year 4
    Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute
  • Carbon emissions and sequestration in open-water wetlands
    Meredith Holgerson, Cornell University