Hudson River Estuary community grants awarded for six area projects

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ALBANY – Funding for six projects in the Hudson Valley will aid communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed protect water quality and habitats, conserve open space, and increase storm resiliency.
The City of Kingston will receive $24,500 to complete a community-driven open space plan to protect and enhance natural areas and Mayor Steven Noble looks forward to the outcome.
“We have some great open spaces here in Kingston and for a small city we have a lot of open space but we really need to plan for the future and be able to make sure that all of our residents both now and decades from now will have access to our river and our streams and all of our unique, natural features,” Noble said.
Vassar College will receive $50,000 to produce a natural resources inventory for the City of Poughkeepsie to provide baseline information on natural, historic and cultural resources including parks, tributaries to the Hudson, the Poughkeepsie waterfront, and city trees.
Siena College will receive $48,244 to develop collaborative research priorities and an action plan to help watershed communities make science-based management decisions for river tributaries in the counties of Albany, Dutchess, Ulster and Westchester.
Mohonk Preserve will receive $47,440 to create a conservation plan for the Kleine Kill and Coxing Kill watershed on the Shawangunk Ridge.
The Columbia Land Conservancy will receive $43,067 to create a natural resources inventory encompassing 22 municipalities in the upper Hudson River estuary watershed.
Riverkeeper will receive $50,000 to support its community science water-quality projects in the Hudson River Estuary that monitor fecal indicator bacteria and support the development of protocols to monitor algae and nutrients in the Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester County area.