$2.2 Million in Hudson River Estuary Grants Now Available

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In this Issue:

  • DEC Announces $2.2 Million in Funding for Hudson River Access and Education and Local Stewardship Planning, Deadline December 16
  • Tributary Restoration and Resiliency Application, Deadline Nov. 13
  • Design of Sustainable Shorelines at Nutten Hook, Deadline Nov. 13
  • Water Resources Research Grants Funding Available, Deadline Dec. 1

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Hudson River Estuary Grants Requests for Applications

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that $2.2 million in funding is available for 2015 competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants for ‘Local Stewardship Planning’ and ‘River Access and Education’. These Requests for Applications (RFAs) implement priorities of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. Funding for the grants is provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), Hudson River Estuary Program.

To download each RFA, please visit the New York State Grants Gateway and search for 'Hudson River Estuary', ‘River Access and Education’ and ‘Local Stewardship Planning’. Applications, eligibility requirements, and instructions for registering and prequalifying in the Gateway are included in the RFAs. For more information please visit the DEC web page Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary.

River Access and Education RFA, Deadline December 16, 2015
Newburgh dock fishingApproximately $1,020,000 is available in Hudson River Estuary Grants for River Access and Education to support projects and plans in two general categories:
• To improve access for fishing, swimming, boating, and wildlife-dependent recreation on tidal waters, providing universal access and storm resiliency; or,
• To enhance education about the estuary along the tidal waters of the Hudson and ensure opportunities to learn about the Hudson Estuary are accessible to a wide-range of people.

The Request for Applications (RFA) for River Access and Education is available on the New York State Grants Gateway. For more information please visit the DEC web page Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary. Applications are due December 16, 2015 at 3 p.m.

New: Local Stewardship Planning RFA, Deadline December 16, 2005
Natural Resource MappingApproximately $1,200,000 is available in Hudson River Estuary Grants for Local Stewardship Planning to support seven categories of local projects and programs: flood-adaptation plans for water and waste-water infrastructure; natural resource inventories; natural scenery conservation plans; stream restoration and resiliency planning; design of green infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows; water resources management plans; and Hudson shoreline flood-adaptation planning.

The Request for Applications (RFA) for Local Stewardship Planning (Round 16) is available on the New York State Grants Gateway. For more information please visit the DEC web page Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary. Applications are due December 16, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency RFA, Deadline November 13, 2015
Perched culvert creates stream barrierNYS Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for projects that help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed replace or right-size culverts and bridges, or remove dams to better cope with flood events, protect water quality, and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for migratory fish and other species of concern in tributary streams of the estuary. To be eligible for this funding, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) found in the tributary streams of the Hudson River estuary watershed, particularly river herring, American eel, and brook trout.

Approximately $630,000 is available for these projects. The grants are provided through the Environmental Protection Fund, the Natural Resource Damages Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's State Wildlife Grant and are administered under DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program. Applications are due November 13 at 3 p.m.

The Request for Applications (RFA) for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency is available on the New York State Grants Gateway. For more information please visit the DEC web page Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary.

Request for Proposals for Design of Sustainable Shorelines at Nutten Hook
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYS DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve are soliciting proposals to design a Sustainable Shorelines on the Hudson River in the town of Stuyvesant, NY.

The goal of this project is to design ecologically-enhanced, engineered shoreline treatment(s) that resist erosion, enhance the recreational use of the site by the public, and improve the habitat value of the site for fish and wildlife species of the Hudson River Estuary. The project design will address present day conditions as well as account for projected increases in frequency of extreme storms and sea-level rise.

Approximately $40,000 is available to support this project. Proposals are due November 13, 2015 at 12 noon. For more information please visit DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program and Sustainable Shorelines web pages. The Request for Applications is available on the website of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

Request for Water Resources Research Grant Program Applications
Ulster Country Rain GardenApplications are now being accepted from New York State’s higher education faculty and student community for the New York Water Resources Institute / Hudson River Estuary Program 2016 Water Resources Research Grant Program. Approximately $130,000 is available for innovative watershed research, management, and outreach activities in New York. Up to $20,000 is available per project. Small grants are available for undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Projects throughout New York are eligible, but proposals related to the Hudson River Estuary region are particularly encouraged.

Applications are due by Monday, December 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM. For more information please visit Hudson River Estuary Program's 'Clean Water for the Hudson River Estuary' web page. To apply, please visit the New York State Water Resources Institute website.

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