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For Release: Friday, November 15, 2013

DEC Awards $75,000 Grant for Sustainable Shorelines Demonstration Project

at the Dockside Property in Cold Spring

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) has awarded the team of Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Hudson & Pacific Designs and EarthRise Designs a grant of $75,000 to design a sustainable shorelines demonstration project at the Dockside property in the village of Cold Spring (Putnam County), DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The site is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve.

The purpose of the grant is to design improvements to the riverbank to enhance habitat for aquatic species, reduce erosion, and increase the property's resiliency to sea-level rise, storm surges and wave action resulting from coastal storms.

"The Hudson River Estuary Program is helping people enjoy, protect and revitalize the Hudson River and its Valley," said Commissioner Martens. "This grant will fund plans and designs to stabilize the shoreline and enhance the public use of the Park. The project will also establish a model that can be used in similar settings with both tidal and riverine characteristics."

"NEIWPCC is pleased to be able to support Hudson River Estuary communities that take steps to prepare for sea-level rise by improving shorelines while sustaining a healthy ecosystem," said Ron Poltak, NEIWPCC Executive Director.

The Hudson River Estuary Program is a project of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The funding will help achieve goals of the 2010-2014 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, a plan for conserving, protecting and revitalizing the Hudson River estuary. In recent years, the Estuary Program has put increasing staff effort and program resources into helping communities adapt to climate change while also improving the long-term health of the ecosystem. For more information on the grant awarded, contact Fran Dunwell, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, at 845-256-3016 or visit DEC's website.

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