DEC awards grants to Hudson River Estuary watershed communities


ALBANY – The State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced grants to help communities along the Hudson River Estuary design and improve recreational access, enhance education about the river, and advance stewardship of natural resources.

Pace University will receive $37,588 for Southern Columbia/Northern Dutchess Land Use Leadership Alliance Training. The program will develop land use leadership capacity in the watershed areas, helping community stakeholders assess and amend land use plans and zoning codes to protect natural resources and open and increase community resiliency.

Columbia Land Conservancy will receive $49,999 for the Taghkanic Headwaters Watershed Connectivity Plan to identify municipal and private actions that will help maintain unfragmented forests and streamside habitats in the headwaters of the Taghkanic, which provides drinking water for the City of Hudson.

Clarkson University will receive $39,459 for the River Ecology Displays, Exhibits and Equipment at Beacon Institute.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will receive $40,000 for The Mighty Hudson – An Interactive Traveling Exhibit.

The Town of Poughkeepsie will receive $40,000 for a Natural Resources Inventory and Open Space Plan.

The Orange County Water Authority will receive $27,166 for the Hudson River Estuary & Watershed Curriculum Guide for teacher training about the estuary.

Hudson Highlands Land Trust will receive $50,000 for the East Highland Green Corridors Plan.

Riverkeeper will receive $50,000 for Sparkill Creek Water Quality improvements.

The Nature Conservancy will receive $50,000 for Community Resilience Building for the Hudson 7 by engaging four communities of the “Hudson 7” – Town of Hyde Park, City of Poughkeepsie and the towns of Esopus and Lloyd to implement climate-adaptation resiliency planning.

The Trustees of Columbia University will receive $39,830 for Columbia Lamont-Doherty educators to work with high school interns from populations underrepresented in the sciences to develop curriculum materials that support field-based and culturally relevant programs about the Hudson River.

The Town of New Paltz will receive $35,000 for a Natural Resources Inventory to update and expand on the town’s Open Space Plan.

Arm of the Sea Productions will receive $50,000 for its Tidewater Center Bulkhead and Walkway on the Esopus Creek.

The Town of Esopus will receive $30,750 for the Esopus Parks Survey and Engineering Evaluations.

The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson will receive $50,000 for River Access at MacEachron Park.

Sarah Lawrence College will receive $39,639 for Hudson River ecology curriculum and course.

Town of Cortlandt will receive $50,000 for the Indian Brook/Croton Gorge Overlay Zone.

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