American Society of Civil Engineers

The Use of Natural and Synthetic Erosion Control Products in Riverfront Restoration Hudson River, New Jersey

by Douglas A. Gaffney, P.E., (Owner, Innovative Water Products), William Ragen, (Owner, Ragen Associates), Edyta Espasa, (Project engineer, Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor, Inc.), and Brian Kirkpatrick, (Associate, Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor, Inc.)

pp. 8-13, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Urban Beaches: Balancing Public Rights and Private Development
Abstract: The Hudson River forms a border between New Jersey and New York. This river has a rich and varied history, resulting in a variety of shorelines such as bulkheads, marinas, bluffs, wetlands and urban infrastructure, some of which is in a dilapidated state. As urban areas are redeveloped, the riverfront must also be restored for public safety, improved aesthetics, environmental benefits and enhanced recreational opportunities. An example of urban riverfront recreation is the ambitious Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in New Jersey. The walkway, which affords stunning views of the New York City skyline, will eventually extend 18.5 miles along the Hudson River through nine municipalities and hundreds of parcels of private property.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Beach erosion
New Jersey
Shore protection
Hudson River