jimlodgeJim Lodge, senior scientist from the Hudson River Foundation, spoke with Marine Conservation and Policy (MCP) students on Friday, November 15th, 2013. The Hudson River Foundation funds research, disseminates information, and coordinates projects concerning conservation issues. One of the major focuses of the Foundation is to “renature” the Hudson River.

Lodge highlighted several of the Foundation’s ongoing projects, including one of his own personal initiatives, the Oyster Restoration Project. As part of this initiative, scientists at the foundation study the effectiveness of oyster reefs, which is then translated into action on the Hudson River. The Foundation funds this and other initiatives to restore the Hudson River, which draws support from many people, scientists and community volunteers alike.

“We aren’t going to be able to do this on our own,” says Lodge, “We bring in smart people and make partnerships.”

The Hudson River Foundation, which supports various research projects, aims to make science a key part of important environmental decisions influencing the Hudson River.