PPOW/HEP Work Shop – Wednesday, July 20th – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Blue Heron Park

PPOW/HEP Work Shop – Wednesday, July 20th – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Blue Heron Park

Designated as an Estuary of National Significance under the Clean Water Act, the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary is a complex ecological system in the midst of a major urban center. The NY-NJ HEP was authorized in 1987 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is one of 28 National Estuary Programs in the country. HEP is an ongoing effort to protect, conserve, and restore the estuary though a management conference composed of representatives from local, state, and federal government; scientists; business; and civic organizations. The Hudson River Foundation (HRF) seeks to make science integral to decision-making with regard to the Hudson River and its watershed and to support competent stewardship of this extraordinary resource. This purpose is pursued through support of scientific research; communication to expand knowledge about the river among the scientific community, policy makers, and the public at large; initiatives to enhance management of the Hudson ecosystem; education about the River; and physical improvements to the riverfront.

HEP is engaging in a public participation process in anticipation of the release of its 5-year action agenda. HEP’s 5-year action agenda will guide the government agencies, utilities, civic organizations, and scientists that comprise HEP to establish common programmatic, research, and funding priorities. The goal of the public participation process, which includes these workshops in addition to web-based survey tools and outreach at public events, is to ensure that HEP’s programmatic priorities for the Harbor Estuary are aligned with the needs of watershed communities.

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is partnering with HEP to co-host a public workshop designed to identify the priorities of the public, local government, community organizations and other stakeholders throughout the estuary. Situated at the epicenter of HEP’s core area, Staten Island is a critical location along the Hudson River estuary and we need to have a voice in the decisions being made about the waters off our shore.  Our public workshop will be held Wednesday, July 20, from 7:00pm till 9:00 pm.  For more information contact Cliff Hagen at chagen72@gmail.com or call 718-313-8591.