Think Green With These Earth Day Facts and Statistics

We break down the numbers behind the eco-friendly holiday in the Hudson Valley.

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In honor of Earth Day, we break down the numbers behind the conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley, how to protect the river, and the greatest threats to nature in the region.

Earth Day is right around the corner, which means the Hudson River is on our minds now more than ever.

In New York, biodiversity includes all of the different animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms living in the state. While the exact number of species in the Empire Region is unknown, it includes tens of thousands of plants and animals, many of which are dependent on the Hudson River Estuary.

Read up on the Hudson Valley’s eco-footprint, by the numbers:

Our region, which comprises only 13.5 percent of the land area of the entire state, contains arounds 86 percent of the bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species found in New York State.

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Over 50 percent of the state’s population resides in the corridor bordering the estuary from Albany to New York City.

To date, over 250 projects in NYS have been funded by Return a Gift to Wildlife, a contribution made through tax returns.

Since the first Riverkeeper Sweep in 2012, volunteers removed more than 300 tons of debris from shorelines, including 1,675 tires. They’ve also planted or maintained thousands of trees. More information on this year’s sweep on May 6 can be found here.


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There are more than 200 direct tributaries to the Hudson River, the DEC estimates.

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In Poughkeepsie, the Hudson River’s average annual water temperature increased by 2 degrees Fahrenheit between 1940 and 2011.

Over two billion gallons of sewage were poured into the Hudson River in 2018.

Biodegradable fishing line only takes five years to break down. Monofilament lines take 500!

One adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. To make up for the loss of oyster habitat from the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge construction, NYSDEC and the New York State Thruway worked to restore five acres of oyster habitat at three sites.

There are 7,000 acres of vital fish and wildlife habitat in the tidal wetlands that reside between the George Washington Bridge and Troy.

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PLOS One estimates that global waters contain over 5 trillion particles of plastic, translating to over 250,000 tons.

Starting March 1, 2020, New York’s plastic bag ban went into effect. Individuals are encouraged to bring reusable bags everywhere from boutiques to the grocery store.

Over 800 plastic bottles were collected from the Hudson River in the 2018 Riverkeeper Sweep alone.

The Billion Oyster Project has restored more than 100 million live oysters and collected two million pounds of shells.

In 2020, the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Sea Report named food wrappers, cigarette butts, and plastic beverage bottles to be the top three most common items found in U.S. waters.

Related: How to Live an Eco-Friendly Hudson Valley Lifestyle This Year

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