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For each threat the Hudson River has ever faced, there’s always been a proportional force working to protect it. A cast of characters ranging from sailors to farmers to citizen-scientists emerge as heroes, tirelessly defending “America’s first river.”  

HOPE ON THE HUDSON:

GROWING WITH THE GRAIN

GRAINS STRIVE TO MAKE A COMEBACK IN NEW YORK’S HUDSON VALLEY

HOPE ON THE HUDSON:

RESTORING THE CLEARWATER

THE SYMBOL AND LEGACY OF THE HUDSON ENDURES

MANY STORIES. ONE RIVER.

Yelling from the Lower Field​

by Madeline Cottingham - Most days I carry a fear inside me. I struggle between alarm and hope, and finding a balance between the two. But when the animals are fed and there's dirt under my fingernails, the air around me seems to quiet down and I'm often left wondering if my home is an antidote or merely a fiction, a stillness masked as stability.

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LATEST FILMS

Growing with the Grain

Upstate New York used to be a breadbasket of grain growing. Westward expansion yielded more ideal climates for growing and production shifted to the midwest. Scientists, farmers, bakers and brewers take part in a grain trial test that hopes to produce a new generation of grain suited for the northeast, bringing sustainable and more localized grain production back to the region.

Undamming the Hudson River

Many fish use tributaries to the Hudson River as pathways to move between feeding, nursery, and spawning grounds. Unfortunately, thousands of dams, many built in the 19th and 20th Centuries are blocking those pathways and dramatically shrinking accessible habitat area, causing declines in fish and other wildlife. As the years have passed, these dams often no longer serve the purposes for which they were originally built and many have fallen into disrepair.

Source to Sea

In partnership with volunteer citizen samplers, Hudson Riverkeeper tests select tributaries of the Hudson for fecal-indicating bacteria and other water quality indicators. These samples are [...]

Seeds of Hope

From planting to harvest, follow the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe at Akwesasne, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub and Seedshed as they honor Native American seeds that are at risk of disappearing. Can they [...]

Restoring the Clearwater

For nearly a year the historic sloop ‘Clearwater’ was out of the water, on land, enduring what wooden boats have historically endured forever: Restoration. Onshore near the Hudson River Maritime [...]

City on the Water

With 520-miles of waterfront and four-out-of-five boroughs islands, New York City is truly a water city. Everywhere you go, there are tunnels and bridges delivering you over water, to such a [...]