How many times a week do you either cross, drive beside, or see from a train window, the Hudson River? Do you swim or boat on the river?

We're lucky to have such a beautiful and important waterway right in our backyard, but sometimes, when you get to see something almost every day, it's easy to take it for granted. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Project is doing anything but.

Created in 1987, they continue to help people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and the beautiful valley we call home. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, today almost 4700 students from middle schools, high schools, colleges, elementary schools from New York City all the way up to Troy worked with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Project as scientists for the day.

Today was the 15th annual Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor, and students armed with everything from minnow nets to testing kits headed for the river. So, if you didn’t know what all the hustle and bustle at shorefronts or piers in your neighborhood was about, now you do.

These students not only collected data themselves, they will also be analyzing it, working alongside scientists and educators. They'll learn how to help protect the Hudson River Estuary and learn more about the river's ecosystem. It will be interesting to see what the kids discovered and learned about the river.

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