The Rensselaer County Hudson River Access Plan will provide an inventory of existing public access sites on the Rensselaer County Hudson River shoreline, conduct outreach and research for additional potential sites with shoreline communities, and make recommendations and design suggestions for improving access for people of all abilities, improved storm resiliency, and adequacy of facilities for user groups. The Rensselaer Land Trust will lead and manage the study, and engage a consultant team to perform the analysis and assist with outreach. While Rensselaer County has some notable Hudson River access points, this study will provide a comprehensive look at ways to "get people to the river" for recreation, improve accessibility for all people and user types, and to have those facilities contribute to storm resiliency. RLT will partner with, has the support of, and will actively engage the municipalities along the shoreline in developing this plan.
The project has been undertaken by the Rensselaer Land Trust (lead by Board President Kristina Younger) and will be guided by an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives of the Hudson River Shoreline communities and Rensselaer County. The Project is funded by a grant from the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and has a $25,000 budget for consultant services.
The goal of the project is to provide a County-wide Planning document that can be used to support and advance the implementation of Hudson River Access projects that have the support of municipalities and user groups, and improve accessibility and storm resiliency.
For more information, see the Attached Document.