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Committees & Work Groups - Tributary Connections

The Tributary Connections Subcommittee, formed in 2011, is a Subcommittee of the Harbor & Estuary Program Restoration Work Group, comprised of technical experts from multiple federal, state, and local governmental and non-governmental organizations. The group is the primary coordinator of efforts in seeking opportunities to reestablish connections between marine and freshwater habitats and restore tributaries within the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.  Further, the Subcommittee will serve as the primary forum for stakeholder discussions, and as a source of practical information to those looking to take particular action on an area.

Restoring Tributary Connections is one of the eleven Target Ecosystem Characteristics (TEC) of the regionally developed and Harbor & Estuary Program-adopted Comprehensive Restoration Plan. Enhancing the connectivity and health of the tributaries will help to ensure the health of their aquatic communities and those of the wetlands, adjacent communities, and ecosystem services that they support. The subcommittee focuses primarily on expanding the understanding of impacts to connectivity including, but not limited to, physical barriers to fish migration and spawning ability, diversion of historic hydrologic connections, and habitat degradation or water quality barriers (e.g. low dissolved oxygen) that has altered or led to a functional loss of the connectivity that supports communities moving through the ecosystem.  See more on our grants page about related projects for which, along with several partners, the Harbor & Estuary Program has also provided financial support.

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1] Minutes and Presentations ›

Meeting minutes

  • January 23, 2012 | PDF

Note: publications listed below with over a 1 MB file size are noted

  • Fish passage analysis, support the advancement of tributary Connections. January 23, 2012. US Army Corps of Engineers | PDF (3.4 MB)

  • Bronx River Fish Passage Projects. Larson, Marit/New York City Parks. January 23, 2012 | PDF (4.2 MB)

  • Raritan River Migratory Fish Passage Initiative: Forging New Initiatives and Reinvigorating State and Federal Agency Roles for Fish Passage. Carl Alderson, NOAA. January 23, 2012 | PDF (3.4 MB)

2] Background Literature ›

Note: publications listed below with over a 1 MB file size are noted
  • Current Assessment of Fish Passage Opportunities in the Tributaries of the Lower Hudson River. 2011. Alderson, CW and L Rosman. Poster for the 2011 National Fish Passage meeting held in Amherst, MA | PDF (2.2 MB)

  • Report to the Hudson River/New York Bight Ecosystem Team. 1998. US Fish and Wildlife Service" | PDF (2.2 MB)

  • A Catalog of Barriers to Upstream Movement of Migratory Fishes in the Hudson River Tributaries. 1996. Schmidt and Cooper | PDF (5.6 MB)

  • A guideline to restore anadromous fish runs in selected tributaries of the NY/NJ Harbor Watershed. Susan Durkas. 1993. American Littoral Society, Highlands, NJ. | PDF (6.3 MB)

  • Impediments to the Spawning Success of Anadromous Fish in Tributaries of the NY-NJ Harbor Watershed. 1991. American Littoral Society | PDF (2.9 MB)


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