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DEC Awards More Than $200,000 Under Round 4 of the Mohawk River Watershed Grants Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the award of more than $200,000 in Mohawk River watershed grants for six projects under Round 4 of the Mohawk River Watershed Grants intended to help improve water quality, promote resiliency, and create recreational opportunities for watershed communities, all goals which are outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. The Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda was developed in collaboration with numerous local, state and federal agencies and organizations that share a common interest in the conservation and revitalization of the Mohawk River, its watershed and communities. Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD): Ninemile Creek Natural Channel Design Stream Bank Stabilization Project: $50,000

The Oneida County SWCD in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will stabilize 200 feet of the southern bank of Ninemile Creek to restore the stream bank and reduce downstream sedimentation through creation of a natural, self-maintaining stable stream that will improve aquatic habitat.

Research Foundation for SUNY Polytechnic Institute: Determination of Baseline and Augmented Conditions of Microbial Indicators in the Mohawk River: $50,000

Building upon positive results of an initial 2016 SUNY Poly study, this proposal will construct baseline distributions of the microbial indicators E. coli and enterococci at 10 locations in the Utica/Rome area of the watershed. This project will seek to identify microbial contaminant sources, predict microbial concentrations following rain events, and provide guidance on the risk/recovery of the river to microbial contamination events.

Town of Niskayuna: Aqueduct Park River Access Upgrades: $37,825

This project will fund the creation of a new bulkhead, dock anchoring system, walkway and stormwater management measures at a Mohawk River public access point in Aqueduct Park. The proposal would improve water quality by reducing riverbank erosion, improve public access to the river, protect the docks from severe weather and flooding, and create a safer and more accessible gangway to the docks for people launching kayaks and canoes.

Onondaga Environmental Institute, Inc.: Lessons for the Mohawk River: Youth Engagement and Environmental Stewardship: $42,227

This project is a continuation of a Mohawk River Basin Program third round grant where the Onondaga Environmental Institute partnered with the Oriskany school district to develop and pilot classroom lessons and field trips about the Mohawk River watershed, stream ecology, and water quality. This phase of the project will expand the number of students reached by this program by providing teachers with tools and support to incorporate this curriculum into their classrooms, and ultimately help normalize the incorporation of Mohawk River watershed-based lessons into schools throughout the watershed.

Trustees of Union College: Investigation of Microplastic Pollution in Tributaries of the Mohawk River: $15,630

This project is a continuation of a Mohawk River Basin Program third round grant that demonstrated that microplastic pollution is pervasive in the Mohawk River, but that the specific sources remain unclear. This project will focus on clarifying the role of tributaries in delivering microplastics to the Mohawk River and will involve collecting samples of river water from tributaries along the length of the Mohawk River and quantifying the microplastic load from each tributary.

Research Foundation for SUNY Brockport: Mapping Manure-Sensitive Karst Zones for Farmers in Schoharie County: $14,842

This project will identify and map sinkholes and other karst-related features utilizing oblique imagery which will be converted into GIS shapefiles. Much of this area is farmed and utilizes groundwater. Mapping will be provided to farmers to implement manure management practices to protect domestic groundwater supplies, reducing the potential recharge of liquid manure into the carbonate aquifer via sinkholes and thinly soiled karst features. A brochure will be produced describing how to identify karst, and a workshop will be conducted to share the maps with agricultural planners, as well as a fieldtrip that will incorporate a Google Earth/IPhone demo.

Funding Opportunities through the Mohawk River Basin Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides funding through the Mohawk River Basin Program to implement priorities outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda aimed at fish, wildlife and habitats; water quality; flood hazard risk reduction; community planning and revitalization; and working landscapes, land use and open space. Announcement of specific funding opportunities through RFAs will be posted on the NYSDEC website and this webpage. RFAs will also be announced in the NYSDEC Division of Water e-newsletter, MakingWaves. The next round of grants will be announced in 2018.

Who May Apply?

Eligible applicants include municipalities (counties, cities, towns or villages) and not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Projects eligible for state assistance must be located within the Mohawk River Basin watershed geographic boundaries.

How Do I Apply?

All New York State grants are now announced on the NYS Grants Gateway (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page). The Grants Gateway is designed to allow grant applicants to browse all NYS Agency anticipated and available grant opportunities, providing a one-stop location that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York.

All New York State grant applicants - both governmental and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations - must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page) to be eligible to apply for any NYS grant opportunity. Applicants must prequalify in the Grants Gateway system prior to the application deadline to be considered eligible to apply for a grant. Registration and prequalification must be completed online at the NYS Grants Gateway (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page).

Questions and Answers

Questions about registration and prequalification through the Grant Gateway should be directed to GrantsReform@Budget.ny.gov. Step-by-step tutorials and guides to registration and prequalification are available at the NYS Grants Gateway (a direct link is in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right-hand column of this page).

Questions about the Mohawk River Watershed Grants should be directed to the contact below:

Katherine Czajkowski
Mohawk Watershed Coordinator
NYSDEC Mohawk River Basin Program
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-3502
518-402-0014
Email: katherine.czajkowski@dec.ny.gov

Grants Program History

Grants for Local Partners

Since 2012, New York State DEC's Mohawk River Basin Program has offered grants to municipalities and non-profits located within the Mohawk River Watershed boundaries. To date, nearly $410,000 has been awarded for projects in the Mohawk River Watershed. The funding for this program is from New York State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). These grants were created to help fulfill those goals of the Mohawk River Basin Program Action Agenda that can be implemented most effectively by municipalities, not-for-profits, and other local partners.