The Hudson is a mighty and magnificent river that holds a unique place in world history. This book gives readers the tools they need to understand the river and its variety of qualities that make up this special waterway. The goal of this book is twofold. First and foremost, it educates readers on the importance of the Hudson River as a natural resource, key transportation artery, and chief provider of food, oxygen, and water needed to sustain the local, national, and global ecosystem. Second, this book mentions its characteristics, tributaries, and how the river is an historic and scenic treasure-a treasure that also economically benefits New York and New Jersey by offering its residents and tourists many attractions and recreational opportunities. Chapters include: Hudson River: Overview of the Hudson River and Its Tributaries; Aquatic Plants, Habitats, Hudson River Estuaries (tributaries within the estuaries), Its Ecosystem, Fish and Wildlife; Hudson Estuary Program, Its Ecosystem (including changes in it), Fish and Other Wildlife (Con't)/River Pollution Problems & Solutions; Photo Section; Hudson River Access/Transportation Links (Railroads, Recreation and Commercial Vessels, Bridges, Tunnels, etc.); Hudson River Historical Attractions/Recreational Activities and Sites; Newly Completed & Future Hudson Riverfront Development Projects and Hudson River Real Estate Market; Some Historical Highlights of the Hudson River and Its Valley; and the Author's Summary.