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DEC Announces $1 Million for Hudson River Communities
New York Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos Thursday announced $1,137,113 in funding for 19 projects to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary protect water quality and habitats, conserve open space, increase storm resiliency, and improve recreational access to the river for people with disabilities. The grants were announced in conjunction with DEC's 15th annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor" event, which helps elementary through college-age students become scientists for a day by studying the Hudson River Estuary.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Partnering with local communities, environmental groups and civic organizations, New York has significantly improved the environmental and economic health of the Hudson River. Governor Cuomo has made record investments to protect the river, create new and expanded access to recreation, and improve community resiliency in cities, towns, and villages from Manhattan to Plattsburgh." Funding for the new projects is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund and is administered under the DEC 2017 Hudson River Estuary Grants Program. In partnership with the New England Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), DEC is also funding two projects totaling $178,722 to improve water quality and natural resources in the estuary.

To date, the estuary program has awarded 495 grants totaling $19.4 million for projects that implement priorities outlined in DEC's Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.

Hudson River Estuary Grants ($658,391 total) have been awarded to:

- River Access, City of Kingston (Ulster) -- $45,820

- Seaport Museum New York (New York) -- $50,000

- Upper Hudson Northern Catskill Natural Resource Trust (Greene) -- $35,080

- Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Inc. (Orange) -- $49,348

- Town of Hillsdale (Columbia) -- $24,160

- City Parks Foundation (Richmond) -- $50,000

- The Nature Conservancy (Multiple) -- $49,206

- Orange County Water Authority for Moodna Creek (Orange) -- $29,079

- Pace University in collaboration with the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance (Ulster & Orange) -- $27,541

- Village of Ravena (Albany) -- $40,000

- City of Middletown (Orange) -- $50,000

- Trout Unlimited, Inc. (Columbia) -- $37,606

- Bard College (Dutchess) -- $48,720

- Groundwork Hudson Valley (Westchester) -- $48,768

- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties (Columbia & Greene) -- $23,063

- Hudson River Watershed Alliance (Multiple) -- $50,000

In addition to these grants, DEC is funding the following education project:

- Hudson River Park Trust, Pier 26, New York (New York) -- $300,000

The NEIWPCC partnership projects include:

- Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, Preliminary Design of a Sustainable Shoreline at Hudson Shores Park in the City of Watervliet, NY (Albany) -- $75,000

- O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Study of Existing Conditions and Restoration Alternatives at Rattlesnake Island and Coxsackie Cove, Greene County, NY-- $103,722

Now in its 15th year, the Hudson River Estuary grants program implements priorities outlined in DEC's Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda: clean water; resilient communities; a vital estuary ecosystem; estuary fish, wildlife and habitats; natural scenery; and education, river access, recreation, and inspiration. To view the Action Agenda and for complete details about the new grant funding, visit DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5104.html.

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