Science and Environment
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The homepage for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"The International POPs Elimination Network is a global network of public interest non-governmental organizations united in support of a common POPs Elimination Platform, this is their page on PCB's in the Hudson River."
The Natural Resources Defence Council's page on the Hudson River.
"The United States Geological Survey serves the Nation as an independent fact-finding agency that collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems."
"The heart of the American Heritage Rivers initiative is locally driven and designed solutions. The federal role is confined to fostering community empowerment, while providing focused attention and resources to help river communities restore their environment, revitalize their economy, renew their culture and preserve their history."National Organizations-Nonprofits
"Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment."
"The purpose of this site is to generate interest in John Burroughs and to encourage new research on his published works."
The American Heritage Rivers Alliance (AHRA) is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to support the American Heritage Rivers Initiative, which was established by Executive Order in 1997 to promote the environmental restoration, economic development, and preservation of cultural and historical heritage of America's rivers and their communities.State Organizations-Governmental
"The homepage for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides information about New York's natural resources, the quality of our environment and great places to enjoy the outdoors."
"New York State's Hudson River Home Page with links to government agencies and programs concerned with the Hudson's welfare, plus a Hudson River Program Summary to help you find the programs of special interest."
The New York State Hudson River Valley Greenway Homepage.State Organizations-Nonprofit
In April 2012, Pace University hosted a community forum on Hydrofracking; you can download the podcast here for free.
"The tree-ring lab, of Columbia University, has studied forested ecosystems in the Hudson Valley (HV) for more than 25 years."
"The non-profit organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater was created to defend and restore the Hudson River, one of the great and historic rivers of this nation."
"Research at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has delved into a wide range of river issues - from sediment transport to PCB contamination to carbon and nutrient cycles to the myriad effects of global climate change."
"Environmental Advocates of New York serves the people of New York as an effective and aggressive watchdog and advocate on virtually every important state environmental issue."
"Historic Hudson Valley's mission is to preserve the culture, landscape and history of the Hudson River Valley, and to present this heritage to the public through educational outreach, daily programming at historic properties, and special events."
A dynamic website covering the process of filming the first wildlife documentary on the Hudson River and the valley surrounding it, including a blog and video updates.
"The Hudson River Estuary Program is a unique regional partnership designed to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the Hudson River estuary. "
"The Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES) is a nonprofit organization that fosters research on the Hudson River environment and related coastal areas, provides a forum for communication and cooperation among researchers, and makes the results of environmental research available to concerned citizens and public officials."
"The mission of the Hudson River Foundation (HRF) is to make science integral to decision-making with regard to the Hudson River and its watershed and to support competent stewardship of this extraordinary resource."
"The Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network is a network of individuals and organizations, from the New York City border to the headwaters of the Hudson, working creatively to build more sustainable cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural communities."
Hudson Valley Traveler provides information on traffic and construction conditions, and weather conditions including Ozone reports.
Hudsonia is a not-for-profit organization, for research, public education, and technical assistance in the environmental sciences.
"Cornell Cooperative Extension is a key outreach system of Cornell University with a strong public mission and an extensive local presence that is responsive to needs in New York communities. The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work."
This is the New York State Comprehensive Research Libraries page of Science Links.
"Riverkeeper is an independent, member-supported environmental organization founded on the premise that citizens themselves must roll up their sleeves to defend our waterways."
"SCA Hudson Valley offers professional-level conservation service opportunities within New York State Parks, Historic Sites, and Department of Environmental Conservation sites throughout the Hudson Valley region."
"Scenic Hudson, Inc. is a nonprofit environmental organization and land trust dedicated to protecting and enhancing the scenic, natural, historic, agricultural and recreational treasures of the Hudson River and its valley."
In September 1962, the Consolidated Edison Company announced plans to build a pumped storage facility, the largest of its kind in the world, at Storm King Mountain near Cornwall, New York. The initial application for license to construct the plant was filed with the Federal Power Commission in January 1963. On November 8, 1963, a small group of concerned citizens met at the home of Carl Carmer and formed the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference to fight the pumped storage project on the grounds that it posed a threat to the Cornwall water supply and Hudson River fisheries as well as to scenic and historic Storm King Mountain. The Scenic Hudson Decision, as the case is called in law books, launched the modern environmental movement. The records of this case are archived at the Marist College Library.
The Scenic Hudson Collection documents the landmark environmental law case known as the Scenic Hudson Decision or the Storm King Case (1963 - 1981).
The Saunders Papers document the contributions of Alexander Saunders to the Storm King Case (1962 - 1966).
The Seymour Papers document the contributions of Senator & Mrs. Whitney N. Seymour Jr. to the Storm King Case (1962-1978).
The John Grim Collection consists of the findings of Northeast Biologists, Inc., on the Hudson River and it's fisheries between the years of 1965 and 1968.
"The Hudson Valley Harvest Ambassador Program recruits and trains urban and suburban volunteers to provide agricultural education for consumers to ensure wise decisions are made regarding Hudson Valley agriculture and local food systems."
"Friends..." work with all of the Palisades Interstate Park Commision's parks and historic sites. This is an online tour of their history and current offerings.
On-line library and portal listing resources which are helpful in arriving at information pertaining to environmental science.
"The Hudson River Watertrail Association is a coalition of small boaters, primarily human and wind powered, who are actively interested in the Hudson River as a treasure of natural and human history."
A Nature Preserve & Education Center: Teatown Lake Reservation is a regional environmental organization with an 834-acre nature preserve and education center located in the towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle, New York. Our mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations. In addition to being the largest non-profit nature preserve in New York's Westchester County, Teatown is rapidly developing a reputation as the "Hudson Hills and Highlands" foremost environmental organization, providing ecological and biodiversity conservation leadership in this bioregion.
The mission of the Open Space Institute is to protect scenic, natural and historic landscapes to ensure public enjoyment, conserve habitats and sustain community character. OSI achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, special loan programs, and creative partnerships.Parks - Ulster County
"Challenger Center uses students' natural enthusiasm for space to create innovative learning experiences for imaginative young minds."
"The non-profit organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater was created to defend and restore the Hudson River, one of the great and historic rivers of this nation." This is their page on hands-on educational offerings.
"Three hundred and fifteen miles of water provides a home and vital resources for creatures ranging from the microscopic phytoplankton to the seven-foot-long Atlantic sturgeon." This is a Marist College Summer Scholars page on the biodiversity of the Hudson River.
The mission of the Mid-Hudson Childrens' Museum is "to awaken children's intellectual curiosity, stir their imagination, give children the joy of exploration and discovery, and inspire creative approaches to problem solving through interactive educational experiences where all children and families can play, learn, and grow together. "Regional Educational Organizations
Each year, Clearwater accommodates nearly 13,000 children and adults for education sails that teach history, biology, and environmental science and navigation along the Hudson River, New York Harbor and Long Island Sound. Thousands more are reached through on-land classroom visits, field programs and public exhibits.
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies combines research and education in fulfillment of its scientific mission. Central to the Institute's mission is the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about ecological systems. A society with a basic understanding of ecological systems and an appreciation of their role in the quality of human life is essential if natural areas are to be sustained.
Columbia-Greene Community College is home to a natural history museum with 2000 bird skin specimens, 1400 egg sets with over 5000 eggs, 3000 vascular plant herbarium specimens, and 500 bryophyte specimens all primarily collected in the Columbia and Greene Counties of New York State.
The Consortium pledges a new era of cooperation among its regional colleges and universities and will organize the special skills and talents of faculty from various institutions. By channeling this extraordinary bank of intellect, educational talent and natural activism into innovative education and public service, the Consortium will further advance knowledge and understanding of the Hudson River Valley and beyond. Programs of the Consortium will utilize the Hudson Valley as an extended laboratory and classroom for policy analysis, multi-institutional field programs, teacher training for elementary and high schools levels, interdisciplinary research collaborations, and cooperative regional studies.
The mission of this group is to promote advocacy and protection to the current Catskill forests.
This site is useful for its links to information on the history of the Catskills. It currently has a link to a PDF version of an issue of the "Conservationist" which celebrates 100 years of the Catskill region preserve.The Adirondacks
The site ties in the history of America and logging industry into the depletion of forests and the development of the Adirondack park.
This site is good in that it explains the history of the Adirondack park. It explains how the park was established, and discusses characteristics of the area that make it unique.Agriculture
This site gives a good history of wine making in the Hudson River Valley. It also highlights some individual wineries and includes links to a list of wineries in the area.
This site provides information on the history of the Warwick winery specifically. It has a recent history, but shows how wineries have become popular in recent years
is located online. It includes various aspects of the history of wine. Many sections of the book include parts on New York State and the Hudson Valley specifically.
This site discusses various aspects of the wine industry, including trends in production, issues facing growers, and sales production of the industry.