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September 28, 2007

Contact: George Cathcart, NOAA NERRS
301-538-9247 (cell)
301-713-3155 (office)

Hudson River Reserve Celebrates National Estuaries Day

The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve will observe National Estuaries Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, with a triple celebration at its new headquarters in Staatsburg, NY.

John H. Dunnigan, NOAA Assistant Administrator for the National Ocean Service, will help the reserve and New York state officials celebrate the reserve’s 25th anniversary and the grand opening of its new headquarters in the refurbished Norrie Point Environmental Center in Staatsburg.

The third celebration will be the designation of a portion of the Hudson River Reserve as the first New York State Natural Heritage Area in a new program to protect rare animals, plants and habitats in the state. Pete Grannis, commissioner of the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which is responsible for managing the reserve, will make the announcement.

The 4,838-acre reserve comprises four components along a 100 mile stretch of the Hudson River from about 25 miles south of Albany to just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Tivoli Bays component, which is the largest of the four, will be designated the state’s first Natural Heritage Area.

Hudson River Reserve is one of 27 reserves in 23 states and Puerto Rico, which protect more than 1.3 million acres of coastal and estuarine habitat for purposes of long-range research, education and stewardship. The reserve system is a federal-state partnership program created by the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act. NOAA provides matched grant funding for operations, as well as national program guidance and technical assistance, while state agencies or universities actually manage the reserves, focusing on local issues and needs.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.


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