Stream management funding available

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Rondout Creek in Accord. File photo

SHOKAN – Funding is available for government agencies, non-profits, schools, and universities to implement stream projects in the Ashokan Reservoir watershed located in northwest Ulster County.

The watershed includes the Esopus Creek and Bushkill streams.

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program makes grants available for stream-related education, planning, flood mitigation, infrastructure, and restoration projects.

Approximately $500,000 is available this funding round. Applications are due by Wednesday, October 12.

The program has awarded $7.5 million for completion of over 100 stream and floodplain management projects in the Ashokan watershed since it began in 2009.

For more information on Stream Management Implementation Program (SMIP) grants and application materials, visit: https://ashokanstreams.org/projects-and-funding/

Funding for the SMIP grant program is provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. The Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical assistance. The program’s overall goal is to protect and enhance water quality, natural stream stability, and ecosystem health.

For more information, visit ashokanstreams.org or call (845) 688-3047, email info@ashokanstreams.org.