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Photo by Christina Bohnsack. Ice House Landing on the Germantown Shoreline at sunset.

Let's Document Hudson Shoreline Usage

Where on the shoreline do you go for your fix of Hudson River sunset? Where is your dad’s favorite shoreline fishing spot? Where on the Hudson do you launch? Or lunch? To find out, Scenic Hudson has created a website and an interactive map. Please go to the project’s map and document all of these locations. You can add comments about existing locations, or add your own spots. Leave your name, or not. If there are inaccessible places you’d like to access, click on the map and let them know. The goal is to document all the places, well-known or not, where we access the Hudson River. With this information, Scenic Hudson will create a Hudson River Shoreline Access Plan. Scenic Hudson’s current efforts are from Poughkeepsie up to Rensselaer County along the Hudson’s eastern shore. All comments are due by the end of January.

Knowledge is power, and in this instance the power will be conveyed to the NY Department of State so that they have a clear and unambiguous record of Hudson shoreline usage. If (or when) Amtrak again tries to reduce shoreline access, the Department of State will know exactly what Amtrak is trying to take from us. In addition, this information will be helpful to communities planning to increase shoreline access, such as Germantown, which is starting a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

For generations we've used the Hudson shoreline for renewal and recreation. We've enjoyed it, we've cared for it, and now we need to protect it. Do your part. Use the map.

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