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CURB Participates in the 20th Annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson River"

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River and Harbor” event! Organized by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, thousands of students from New York City to the Mohawk Valley participate. Students visit registered sites along the river to collect scientific information, creating “snapshots” of the river at their location. They then share their data in an online platform so they can better understand how their piece of the river fits into the larger Hudson estuary ecosystem.

Participants' findings contribute to ongoing research projects, and data from the event is incorporated into lesson plans available to all teachers in the Hudson Valley.

CURB was just one of the 80 registered sites. We hosted 30 students from NYC, and several eager teachers who had just completed the teacher “Day in the Life” training earlier in the summer. Students rotated stations and used a seine net and simple equipment to investigate aquatic life, water chemistry and quality, tides, and weather.

The exciting catch of the day was an 11-inch summer flounder (pictured above)!

Click here for more information about the event.