Restoring Free-Flowing Waters in Hudson River Tributary Streams: Grants Awarded

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Alewives (herring) return to the Wynants Kill after a gate was removed.Hudson RiverNet
News from the Hudson River Estuary Program

Fresh water river and stream habitats are linked to the estuary through a network of tributary connections. Each year, migratory fish must navigate these pathways to move between feeding, nursery, and spawning grounds. Many culverts and dams are blocking fish movement, dramatically shrinking the habitat available. There are more than 1,600 dams and 10,000 culverts in the estuary watershed.

DEC grant funding helps communities assess and replace these barriers. More than $1.1 million recently was awarded to six projects to help reduce local flooding and restore aquatic habitats in tributary streams of the Hudson River Estuary. These funds will support projects to restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the American eel and river herring.

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Basil Seggos, Commissioner

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