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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:

RESTORING THE CLEARWATER

THE SYMBOL AND LEGACY OF THE HUDSON ENDURES

HOPE ON THE HUDSON:

GROWING WITH THE GRAIN

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

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For many years, the Hudson River, like so many waterways across the U.S., was treated like an infinite waste barrel, a receptacle for poisonous chemicals and hazardous waste. During the past forty years, thanks to a committed group of environmentalists and their agencies, the river has become markedly cleaner, a far more welcoming place for small business and community investment. However, new threats loom on the horizon once again. 

hope-on-the-hudson-logo-on-dark

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.

Ghent

My family and I have been in Ghent, NY, since 2005. The 2018 bicentennial of this small Hudson Valley town coupled with my desire to be better informed about the community were the catalysts for this project. Plus, I was inspired to embark on this work by the idea of creating an archive because, although we now collectively capture billions of fleeting moments only a tiny fraction are intended to have lasting impact. So few prints seem to be made these days. What will the people of Ghent have for the future?

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LATEST FILMS

A Living River

Despite its polluted reputation, the Hudson River is teeming with life. From the tiny Glass Eels to the massive 14 foot long Atlantic Sturgeon, a vital web of life defies decades of oppression. Organizations like Riverkeeper and New Yorks Department of Environmental Conservation use lessons learned from its past as a bustling commercial fishery to its present as a ecosystem in recovery in order to protect its future.

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.

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 [...]