The New York–New Jersey Harbor Estuary is the largest public resource in the nation’s greatest city. Conservation and management of its flora can help make its waters fishable and swimmable, and help ensure that the estuary’s many benefits are available to people throughout the region. Rob Pirani, Program Director of the New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program at the Hudson River Foundation, will talk about some of the opportunities and challenges.
About the Speaker
Robert Pirani is the program director for the New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program at the Hudson River Foundation. HEP is a collaboration of government, scientists and the civic sector that helps protect, restore, and provide access to the Hudson River Estuary. It is one of 28 such programs around the country authorized under the Clean Water Act.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Mr. Pirani was vice president for energy and environment at Regional Plan Association and executive director of the Governors Island Alliance. Mr. Pirani has received awards from the Environmental Advocates of New York, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and The New York Harbor School Foundation. Mr. Pirani has served as a founding board member of the four-state Highlands Coalition, Governors Island Alliance, and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. He holds a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and BA in Environmental Studies from Hampshire College.