Westchester parks department receives state grant for Hudson River fish advisory outreach project

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WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Parks Conservation division has received a $15,000 per year grant through December 31, 2023 from New York State for the Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Project.

The Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Project’s mission is to educate the public about fishing and fish consumption, and its accompanying advisories and regulations by appointing ambassadors to provide information at county parks, beginning with Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson in 2022, followed by Oscawana Park in Croton-on-Hudson and George’s Island in Montrose in 2023.

“Fishing is a common pastime in Westchester County, and it is important that those who actively fish are educated and prepared,” said County Executive George Latimer. “I am confident the Westchester County Parks Conservation Division and its ambassadors will provide the community with all necessary information.”

In addition to Croton Point Park, ambassadors can be found across the county at various events this summer including local farmers markets and County events like Heritage Cultural Festivals alongside an interactive educational stand-in display that allows visitors to learn about the mission in a fun way through various handouts, which are available in English and Spanish, as well as photo opportunities. The display is also located at Croton Point Park and visitors are encouraged to share photos on social media using #PRCFishingAmbassadors.