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Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary

Request for Proposal (RFP) Now Available
Outreach, education, and preliminary design for removal or replacement of priority stream barriers (dams or culverts) in the Hudson River Estuary
Application Deadline September 4, 2015

Funding Opportunities through the Hudson River Estuary Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement priorities outlined in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda aimed at conserving or improving clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery. These opportunities are announced as grants or as Requests for Proposals.

Outreach, Education, and Preliminary Design for Removal or Replacement of Priority Stream Barriers in the Hudson River Estuary

The New England Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program are soliciting proposals to design and implement an outreach and education effort to inform communities and individuals who own or manage stream barriers (dams or culverts) about the impact of barriers on stream ecology and resiliency and introduce them to existing opportunities to support culvert replacement or dam removal. This RFP also requires the identification of candidate stream barrier mitigation and removal sites in tributaries to the Hudson River Estuary through use of existing data, new data collected during this project, and outreach efforts to individual dam and culvert owners; the development of preliminary barrier removal or mitigation design plans for a set of priority candidate sites; and obtaining letters of concurrence from barrier owners to move forward with the mitigation and removal process. The title of this RFP is 'Owner Outreach and Design of Biologically Important Barriers in the Hudson River Estuary.'(link leaves DEC website)

The goal of this project is to gain the support of culvert and dam owners for removal of their stream barriers and to identify specific mitigation or removal projects which can be readied for funding opportunities that may become available for construction or mitigation. Approximately $100,000 is available for this project. The project must be completed by December 30, 2016, with all final reports received by December 16, 2016. The deadline for application is September 4 at 12 noon.


Dams and stream/road crossings with impassable culverts and bridge-related barriers can disrupt important habitat connections for migratory and resident aquatic and semi-aquatic species, while also potentially contributing to localized flooding due to altered stream flow. The number of culverts and bridges that are fragmenting aquatic habitat is substantial in the limited places where it has been documented in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. A map of currently assessed barriers can be found at the Cornell University's New York State Water Resources Institute page. (link leaves DEC's website)


Applicants that are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include private non-profit organizations and institutions, for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities. Partnerships are highly encouraged.

Required Qualifications

The applicant chosen for this project should possess the academic and/or professional expertise and professional certifications in the barrier mitigation, and have a strong track record in delivering projects of this nature and facilitating successful working relationships with municipal and state government. Applications must include identification of a New York State Licensed Engineer and/or landscape architect that will support the project. Applicants must be able to demonstrate experience in stream and river processes, watershed management, stream morphology, hydrology and hydraulics, riparian areas, highway department roles, field work, the ecology of the Hudson River watershed, and community planning and outreach.

How to Apply

The Request for Proposal and application requirements are available on the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission website. (link leaves DEC's website)

For information or questions about the RFP contact:

Dan Miller
Habitat Restoration Coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program/NEIWPCC
Norrie Point Environmental Center
P.O. Box 315 (letters) or 256 Norrie Point Way (packages), Staatsburg, NY 12580
P: (845) 889-4745 x110 | F: (845) 889-4749

For information or questions about the application and submission process contact:

Mike Jennings
Senior Program Manager
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854
P: (978) 323-7929 F: (978) 323-7919

Grants Program History

Since 1999, New York State DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program has offered grants to municipalities and non-profits located within its Estuary Watershed Boundaries (PDF) (1.6 MB). Over the past decade over $11.5 million has been distributed to 342 applicants. The funding for this program is from New York State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

The Estuary Grants were created to help fulfill those goals of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda that can be implemented most effectively by municipalities, not for profits, and other local partners.

Free kayak program at the 72nd Street boat dock
The creation of this dock for the 72nd Street
free kayak program that serves more than
8,000 people every year was made possible
through an Estuary Program Grant
Past Recipients and Their Projects

2011-2012 (PDF) (2 page, 16 KB)