State awards grants to improve Hudson River access and estuary protections

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ALBANY – The state has announced awards to projects to help communities along the Hudson River Estuary improve recreational access and river education. The grants will be used to repair and maintain docks and heritage wooden boats, offer new exhibits, educational opportunities and enhanced accessibility for people with disabilities.
Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies will receive $158,549 for studies in Dutchess and Ulster counties. The funds will be used to train secondary school students and teachers to use data from the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System and the Hudson River watershed to gain a better understanding of the environment.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston will receive $120,263 to build a 21-foot, eight-person, heritage wooden boat to provide “on the water” education and access to the tidal Rondout Creek and Hudson River.
The Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources will receive $106,250 to replace all of the existing wooden floating docks in Haverstraw Bay Park with storm resilient, ADA-compliant docks.
Arm of the Sea Productions will receive $73,9343 to complete the planning, design and permitting needed to construction a center for Hudson River estuary education on the site of a 19th century paper mill on the tidal Esopus Creek. The 1.5-acre property is adjacent to the Tina Chorvas Waterfront Park in the Village of Saugerties
Marist College in the Town of Poughkeepsie will receive $54,674  to retrofit and upgrade a 28-foot educational vessel to increase accessibility for two educational programs that provide river-based outdoor experiences on the Hudson River Estuary.
The Town of Cortlandt will receive $50,000 to complete a feasibility study, conceptual design, and facility planning for a Hudson River Environmental Educational Center to be located in the center of Cortlandt Waterfront Park in Verplanck.