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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Earth Day is right around the corner, which means the Hudson River is on our minds now more than ever. This year, the holiday theme, “Protect Our Species,” speaks volumes for Hudson Valley residents.

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. That’s where we come in!


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 nearly 85 percent of the bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species found in New York State.

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.

37 tons of trash were removed from the Hudson River Estuary with the help of 103 volunteers at the 7th annual Riverkeeper Sweep in 2018.



By 2017, the Estuary Program helped create and cultivate 15 tributary watershed groups. 18 watershed characterizations or plans have been developed, or are underway, on Hudson River tributaries.

Over 2 billion gallons of sewage were poured into the Hudson River in 2018.

Biodegradable fishing line only takes 5 years to break down. Monofilament lines take 500!

With the help of 2,200 volunteers, Riverkeeper has removed trash and invasive plants from 120 shoreline locations.

1 billion river creatures will be spared annually with the impending closure of Indian Point 2021.

2,400 acres of the Hudson River have been saved due to opposition to new anchorages.



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

On March 29, Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed a ban on most plastic bags statewide. Similar models have been proven to decrease plastic bag consumption from 60 to 90 percent.

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

In 2015, the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Sea report named cigarette and cigarette filters, food wrappers, and plastic water bottles to be the top 3 most common items found in U.S. waters.

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

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