The Hudson River Environmental Society (HRES), a nonprofit membership organization, was founded in 1970 to foster research on the Hudson River environment and related coastal areas, provide a forum for communication and cooperation among researchers, and make the results of environmental research available and accessible to concerned citizens and public officials.

HRES works to facilitate and coordinate research in the physical, biological and social sciences; environmental engineering; resource management; urban and regional planning; and other disciplines in the Hudson River region. Equally important, HRES serves as a channel of communication between the research community and researchers. HRES strives to ensure that the best possible information is available to those who potentially affect the environment. The Society's membership includes corporate members, individuals from major academic and research institutions, consulting firms, government agencies industries and conservation organizations concerned with environmental matters in the Hudson Valley region and interested citizens. The best known activities of HRES are its conferences and workshops on subjects of current environmental interest. HRES has organized topical meetings on such subjects as: PCBS, acid rain, dredging and soil disposal, the Hudson River fisheries, State Environmental Quality Review Act, freshwater and tidal wetlands, toxic and hazardous waste management, coal conversions, scenic and historic area preservation, energy and the future, and coastal revitalization and preservation.

The Hudson River Environmental Society Library contains approximately 12 linear feet of records and 1,226 monographs. The records consist of field notes, meetings minutes, research papers, memorandum, and newspaper and article clippings. The monographs consist of scientific reports generated by government agencies and private organizations concerned with the environmental condition of the Hudson River. The monograph portion of the collection provides a comprehensive look at many issues that have arisen during the latter-half of the twentieth century. For instance, the collection contains materials generated by government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies (i.e. Consolidated Edison) concerning dredging the Hudson River to remove PCBs. The inclusive dates of this collection are 1965 to 2001. The Hudson River Environmental Society donated their library to the Marist College Archives and Special Collections.

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last updated on July 28, 2008