Protecting Haverstraw Bay

NYS State Department of Coastal Management Habitat has designated Haverstraw Bay as “Irreplaceable Habitat,” with the highest rating for a “Significant Coastal Fish & Wildlife Habitat.”

Click here to view the Haverstraw Bay 2011 draft rating report.

Fish population levels in this area are “unusual in the northeastern U.S.“ According to the Department of State Coastal Management Program, “Haverstraw Bay is a critical habitat for most estuarine-dependent fisheries originating from the Hudson River… Consequently, commercial and recreational fisheries throughout the North Atlantic depend on, or benefit from, these biological inputs from the Hudson River estuary.” Before taking risks with such a rich and productive ecosystem, withdrawing freshwater and discharging toxins and brine into this critical area, we should be prioritizing sustainable alternatives.

Click here for draft reports on all 33 Hudson River Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats