DEC awards grants for projects in Hudson River Estuary watershed communities

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ALBANY – State Environmental Conservation funds have been awarded to help communities along the Hudson River Estuary improve water quality and enhance environmental education and stewardship.

“New York is undertaking the nation’s most ambitious climate law,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “These grant awards build on local conservation efforts and priorities to sustainably improve water quality, protect our natural resources, and bolster statewide climate action.”

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance will receive $50,000 to develop Watershed Characterization, a guidance document and planning support.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will receive $75,000 for Mid-Hudson Young Environmental Scientists to help high school students from underserved communities and groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math build their knowledge, skills, motivation, and confidence to pursue environmental science through a three-week, paid research program.

The Town of Stanford will receive $20,406 for a natural resources inventory.

Pace University will receive $37,085 for a community-based program for the Fishkill Creek watershed in Dutchess and Putnam counties to foster the development of targeted policy, planning, and regulatory tools for natural resource and open space protection, watershed planning and shoreline resiliency.

The City of Newburgh will receive $50,000 for a natural resources inventory.

Walter Hoving Home, Inc. will receive $100,000 for the Philips Brook Dam removal and restoration project in Garrison.

Arm of the Sea Productions, Inc., will receive $54,467 for estuary education in Saugerties-on-Hudson.

Riverkeeper Inc. will receive $68,042 for a dam removal feasibility on Furnace Brook and Quassaick Creek in Westchester and Orange counties.