NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program
Roused for rivers? Swayed by bays? Raise your voice! The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) wants to hear your priorities for improving the waters, waterfronts, and watersheds of the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary. From Poughkeepsie to Perth Amboy, from the Bronx to the Bayshore, we want your vision to shape our upcoming Action Agenda.
Our Mission
HEP’s 2017 Action Agenda – a critical mandate of the Clean Water Act -- will guide the government agencies, civic organizations, scientists, and utilities that make up HEP to create a common agenda. In short, how HEP goes about using its funding, research, and programmatic capacities to clean up water, improve fish and wildlife habitat, expand public access, and ensure a sustainable and viable port, all depends on how you decide to weigh-in.
Public Workshop
All workshops are free and open to the public except where noted. Not seeing your community represented? Check back soon for more confirmed dates and locations, as other workshops are being scheduled by the following organizations: Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee, Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Groundwork Hudson Valley, Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, Bronx River Alliance, Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Guardians of Flushing Bay, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Friends of Liberty State Park, Future City Inc. American Littoral Society, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, Passaic River Community Advisory Group, Monmouth County Environmental Council, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Keyport Environmental Commission, Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, The New York Harbor School.
Take the Quick Survey
-Win an Eco-tour!
We hope you can make one of our Public Workshops. But if you cannot, please take a few minutes to answer twelve short questions about your priorities about the Estuary. Two lucky respondents will win a pair of tickets to the NY Water Taxi’s summer eco-tours with NYC Audubon, and two others will receive a pair of tickets to a whale watching adventure tour with American Princess Cruises and Gotham Whale. The Audubon eco-tours take you close enough to get great views of such birds as the Black-Crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Double-Crested Cormorant, Egret, and many more! The Gotham Whale tours will give you an opportunity see humpbacks and bottlenose dolphins! Winners of these tickets will be randomly selected and notified by email in early August.

© 2008 Don Riepe