Regional environmental justice community impact grants announced

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Provided by Poughkeepsie Farm Project

ALBANY – Two organizations in the region will receive $100,000 each in Environmental Justice Community Impact grants from the state.

Since 2006, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice has offered competitive grants to support communities facing a disproportionate burden of environmental issues.

The funding assists communities in developing and implementing programs that address environmental issues, harms, and health hazards, build community consensus, set priorities, and improve public outreach and education.

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project will use its funding for the Poughkeepsie Food Power program. The project will develop onsite, school-based, and community garden programming to include research, hands-on workshops, and educational programming around crops that reflect the city’s cultural diversity.

The Columbia Land Conservancy, Inc., a fiscal sponsor for The Friends of Oakdale Lake, will use its funding for the Oakdale Lake Watershed Analysis and Amelioration Project that includes research, public information, and improvement recommendations to help improve the water at Oakdale Lake.