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For Release: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Grants Awarded for Hudson River Estuary Projects to Implement Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014

Nearly $146,000 in Hudson River Estuary Program grants will be awarded for 17 projects in the Hudson River Watershed, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. These grants, funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will facilitate the implementation of the goals and targets of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014.

"The grants announced today will help local partners with projects designed to improve the Hudson River and work toward making it a swimmable and fishable waterway," said Commissioner Martens. "We're pleased that this is the eleventh year that DEC has offered these grants to support local projects that help preserve and protect the Estuary and its natural habitat."

The Action Agenda is a forward-looking plan, developed with significant community participation, to revitalize and sustain the Hudson River and its valley for the benefit of all of its residents. The Agenda is carried out by the Hudson River Estuary Program and its partners to achieve real progress for the region. The Action Agenda charts a course to:

  • Ensure clean water
  • Protect and restore fish, wildlife and their habitats
  • Provide water recreation and river access
  • Adapt to climate change
  • Conserve our world famous scenery

Over the past 14 years, the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program awarded 388 grants to municipalities and not-for-profits from Troy to NYC totaling $12,986,418.

This year, grants will be awarded to the following organizations:

County Applicant Name Amount Project Title Short Description
Albany Town of Bethlehem $10,000 Selected Phase 1. Development of the Moh-He-Con-Nuck Preserve Perform a complete archeological survey of the Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve and to install informational and educational signage in the Preserve. The Preserve is a 53+/- acre parcel that borders the Hudson River and exists fully within the Hudson River Estuary.
Columbia Columbia Land Conservancy $5,964 Computer Aided Mapping for Environmental Review Expands a training program for municipal board volunteers to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping for environmental reviews and local conservation decision-making. Project consists of three levels of training that incorporate computer-based skills with a planning framework.
Dutchess Hudson River Sloop Clearwater $10,000 Hudson River Shad Education Project Pilot project to educate students, teachers and the public about the ecological and historical importance of American shad in the Hudson River. Project will have two elements: a) piloting a Shad in Schools-type program, b) creating a broader shad education program for schools and the public.
New York The River Project $5,182 Living Oyster Reef Ecosystem Exhibit Exhibit will consist of an aquarium containing a 'built' reef skeleton and surrounding mud flat, providing habitat for living oysters and compatible animals of the reef and mud communities. Artistic and educational projections will surround the area and outreach and informative materials will be developed.
New York Outstanding Renewal Enterprises, Inc. / Lower East Side Ecology Center $6,480 Re-creating the East River Park Environmental Learning Center The Lower East Side Ecology Center ran the East River Park Environmental from 2002-2006 when construction in the park forced the center to close. Park construction is coming to an end and supplies and equipment are needed for the Environmental Learning Center re-opening in spring 2013.
Orange Newburgh Rowing Club $10,000 Newburgh Rowing Club's Building a Better Bay Program Increase healthy access and appreciation of the Newburgh waterfront by : Part 1 - creating the Newburgh Rowing Club's Hudson River Student Ambassador Rowing Program which will increase participation of underserved youth in Newburgh in the sport of rowing and; Part 2 - Ward Brothers Memorial Rowing Park pavilion construction and dock repair.
Rensselaer Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc. $9,000 Rensselaer Conservation Plan User Guides To advance the Rensselaer Plateau Regional Conservation Plan and make its recommendations accessible to a wide audience, three concise and attractive User Guides will be created that explain how each of the plateau's primary stakeholder groups - municipalities, landowners and agencies/organizations - can use the plan to guide decision making.
Rensselaer The Children's Museum of Science and Technology $5,000 Living Hudson River Exhibit Improvements & Educational Enhancement Improvements to the existing Hudson River Exhibit that will increase visitor understanding of the estuary's size, scope and impact on the region through content, as well as improve exhibit components for the living species. Project includes planting of the exhibit to explore flora of the Estuary and improving the exhibits operations.
Ulster Town of Warwarsing $10,000 Town of Warwarsing Open Space Plan Phase 1: Open Space Inventory Conduct open space resource research as part of preparing a Town Open Space Inventory. Developed from this research will be a Town of Warwarsing Open Space Inventory as the first phase of a town open space planning process.
Ulster City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Dept. $10,000 Everette Hodge Community Center - Hudson River Classroom City of Kingston recently assumed management of the Everett Hodge Community Center to bolster learning through environmental education programming for at-risk youth. This project will establish a Hudson River Classroom in an effort to complement river based field trips.
Ulster Town of Ulster $10,000 Charles Rider Park Improvement Project Increase river access by clearing more area, installing walking/exercise paths and a picnic area and improving the sight of the shoreline.
Various Hudson Valley Tourism $10,000 Hudson River Waterfront Map Reproduce an updated version of an existing river map that will focus on river events, marinas, waterfront restaurants, riverside sites, sites with a river view, hand & trailer-launch sites, boating opportunities, public campgrounds, public parks, points of interest on and off the river, proximity to train stations and National Heritage Area sites.
Westchester Hudson River Museum of Westchester $5,000 Hudson Riverama Enhance the Hudson River Museum's environmental gallery Hudson Riverama through the installation of RAVEN Exhibit Interactive Sound Analysis Software from the Cornell Lab of Ornighology.
Westchester Village of Sleepy Hollow (fresnel lens) $10,000 Fresnel Lens for Lighthouse Restoration Fabrication of an accurate reproduction 4th Order Fresnel lens for installation in the Tarrytown Lighthouse which is currently being restored.
Westchester Riverkeeper, Inc. $8,650 Promoting Awareness of Water Quality Production of a report on sewage contamination in the Hudson Estuary to disseminate and contextualize data from Riverkeeper's water quality sampling program through 2012, in order to educate a broad public about this challenge facing the Hudson. Project includes generation of tools to facilitate future annual analysis and reporting.
Westchester Teatown Lake Reservation, Inc. $10,000 Teatown's Regional Science and Sustainability Center Establish a science/conservation center dedicated to scientific research, education and conservation concerning the Hudson River Estuary Region. An unoccupied auxiliary building, located on Teatown's newly acquired Croft property will be converted into a field station containing a meeting hall, smaller classrooms, a lab, library and computer area.
Westchester Groundwork Hudson Valley $10,000 The Saw Mill-Hudson Connection GWHV will partner with Beczak Environmental Center to link three resources (Beczak, Science Barge and American Eel Outdoor Classroom in Yonkers' new daylighted park); develop instructional materials; and train youth docents to provide visitors with a holistic understanding of the ecological and historical interplay of the Hudson and Saw Mill Rivers.

The Hudson River Estuary Program is a project of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. Helping people enjoy, protect and revitalize the Hudson River and its Valley. For more information, visit Hudson River Estuary Program web page.

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