Collecting Scientific Data on the Hudson River


By Hannah Long, SCA’s Program Coordinator for the Hudson Valley Corps.

Every year, thousands of students from New York Harbor to Troy collect and share scientific information to see how their piece of the Hudson River fits into the larger estuary ecosystem. The SCA’s Hudson Valley Corps partners with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) by assisting school groups on A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor. Last Friday, they completed their training at DEC’s Norrie Point Environmental Center to be ready for the event on Tuesday October 22nd. 

Here’s a sneak peek at what the Hudson Valley Corps members were up to that day.

The SCA Hudson Valley Corps at Norrie Point Environmental Center getting trained for DEC’s A Day in the Life of Hudson and Harbor.

Lindsey looking down a turbidity tube to measure the water’s clarity. 

Hudson Valley Corps members seine fishing to get a glimpse into the various lifeforms living in the Hudson River.

Hudson Valley members taking core samples to analyze the sediment of the river.

Once species are identified, they are recorded and released back where they were found. A few of the species identified this day were banded killifish, pumpkinseed sunfish, and even a brown bullhead!

We look forward to next year’s event!

The Hudson Valley AmeriCorps Program is dedicated to recognizing, preserving, and interpreting the nationally significant historical, cultural, and natural resources of New York’s Hudson Valley. Click here if you’re interested in participating!

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