Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak Studies Health of the Hudson River with Earth Day Eel Count

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On Earth Day, the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) welcomed local elementary and high school students and Westchester County Executive George Latimer to participate in a citizen science powered research study that monitors the Hudson River’s glass eel population. These tiny eels, which come to the Hudson from the Sargasso Sea, are an indicator species that can shed light on the health of the river and its ecosystem.


The study, which runs through the end of May, collects, counts, and weighs the glass eels, providing data researchers can use to use to monitor factors like water cleanliness and make correlations to the health of the river over time. This year, CURB scientists and students have already collected a record number of eels!