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DEC Announces $1 Million in Grants for Hudson River Communities

  • 16 October 2017
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Grants Protect Water Quality, Increase Storm Resiliency, and Improve Hudson River Access and Recreation

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced $1,137,113 in funding for 19 projects to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary protect water quality and habitats, conserve open space, increase storm resiliency, and improve recreational access to the river for people with disabilities. The grants were announced in conjunction with DEC's 15th annual "Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor" event, which helps elementary through college-age students become scientists for a day by studying the Hudson River Estuary.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Partnering with local communities, environmental groups and civic organizations, New York has significantly improved the environmental and economic health of the Hudson River. Governor Cuomo has made record investments to protect the river, create new and expanded access to recreation, and improve community resiliency in cities, towns, and villages from Manhattan to Plattsburgh."

Funding for the new projects is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund and is administered under the DEC 2017 Hudson River Estuary Grants Program. In partnership with the New England Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), DEC is also funding two projects totaling $178,722 to improve water quality and natural resources in the estuary.

To date, the estuary program has awarded 495 grants totaling $19.4 million for projects that implement priorities outlined in DEC's Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.