February 2020
monthly newsletter
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Stream & Buffer Protection Workshop
Thursday, April 3
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SUNY New Paltz, College Terrace,
New Paltz, NY

Maintaining healthy vegetation as a buffer around streams is one of the most important actions to protect water quality and stream health. However, it can be challenging to protect these critical riparian areas. This workshop will discuss the science behind stream buffers and what communities can do to protect them. Workshop is free, but RSVP is required. Lunch will be provided.

Organized by the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Estuary Program. Hosted by the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz. Sponsored by the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program & New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Toast to the Tribs is June 2!
Our annual awards benefit will be Tuesday, June 2 at The Falcon in Marlboro ! Join us for dinner and live music as we celebrate our Watershed WaveMakers and the 10th anniversary of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's incorporation.

Do you know an individual, a watershed group, and/or an organization, institution, or business that is working tirelessly to protect water resources in the Hudson River watershed? Nominate them for a WaveMaker award! Nomination guidelines are here . Deadline is March 16.

Purchase Toast tickets here ! Interested in sponsoring the Toast? More info here .
Red Hook & Rhinebeck Community Resilience Building Workshop
In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Hudson River Watershed Alliance held a Community Resiliency Building Workshop on February 13 with the Towns and Villages of Red Hook and Rhinebeck.

This workshop brings together municipalities to collectively identify community assets that are vulnerable to flooding and other climate hazards, and start to prioritize next steps.
Watershed Highlight
Mohawk Watershed Symposium
Mohawk River watershed (map from NYS DEC's Draft Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda)
Poster presentation at Mohawk River Symposium (photo: Union College)
Poster presentation at Mohawk River Symposium (photo: Union College)
Poster presentation at Mohawk River Symposium (photo: Union College)
The 12th annual Mohawk Watershed Symposium will be held on March 20 at Union College in Schenectady.

The Mohawk River is the Hudson River’s largest tributary. It flows 140 miles from the western Adirondacks and the Tug Hill Plateau to the Hudson River at Waterford and Cohoes. The Mohawk River’s watershed includes 14 counties and 3,460 mi 2 of land (about 25% of the entire Hudson River watershed).

The Mohawk Watershed Symposium makes information on the Mohawk River and its watershed accessible to diverse stakeholders from across the region. While the watershed’s size is a challenge, this annual signature event is an opportunity to bring as many people together as possible to share ideas, research, and information.

The symposium has had significant outcomes over the past 12 years, with new papers, projects, and connections forming as a direct result of the meeting. 

The symposium is organized by John Garver from Union College, Jacqueline Smith from Union College, Carolyn Rodak from SUNY Polytechnic, Cristine Angley from Union College, and Katherine Czajkowski from NYS DEC’s Mohawk River Basin Program .

The day includes presentations on the latest news and developments in the watershed. In 2020, some of the featured topics of the symposium include the Reimagine the Canals initiative, tributary restoration opportunities, water quality, ice jams, and flooding. 

Each year, abstracts from all presentations are compiled into a proceedings document and posted online . This serves as a written record of the information shared, and over the past 12 years, maintains an institutional knowledge about the most significant projects and research on the Mohawk watershed. 

The Mohawk Watershed Symposium serves as the annual meeting of the Mohawk Watershed Alliance. The Mohawk Watershed Alliance uses a Facebook group to communicate updates and information during the rest of the year.

Dr. John Garver from the Department of Geology at Union College also writes accessible articles and posts through Notes from a Watershed, a website that can also be subscribed to a newsletter. Recent articles have compiled information on the Town of Colonie's landfill, road salt impacts on the watershed, and the rail lines along the Mohawk River.

To register for the 2020 Mohawk Watershed Symposium and for more information, click here .
Events & Opportunities
Thursday, March 12
Breakfast Lecture Series:
Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Plaza Diner
New Paltz, NY
8 AM - 9:30 AM

Friday, March 13
Upper Hudson Speaker Series:
Road Salt: Impacts on Water Quality, Watersheds, & Communities
Brown's Brewery
Troy, NY
12 PM - 1:30 PM

Friday, April 3
Stream & Buffer Protection Workshop
SUNY New Paltz, College Terrace
New Paltz, NY
9 AM - 3:30 PM

Tuesday, June 2
Toast to the Tribs Award Benefit
The Falcon
Marlboro, NY
6 PM - 9 PM


NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: Trees for Tribs application due March 1

The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program offers free native trees and shrubs to plant along streams in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Applicants must complete an application, and if the project is selected, recruit volunteers for planting, and maintain the site after the planting is complete. Program staff can help you with a planting plan and work with your volunteers. 

NOAA: Environmental Literacy Grants due March 26

Supporting the education of K-12 students and the public for community resilience. The goal of this funding opportunity is to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience.

Patagonia: Corporate Grants Program applications due April 30

Patagonia’s Corporate Grants Program supports small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. They help local groups that work to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions.


NYWEA: N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship application due February 28

Applications are being accepted for the N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship. In honor of the former Director of DEC's Division of Water, up to $5,000 in scholarships is available to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental/civil engineering or environmental science concentrating on water quality who show a commitment to government service.

Hudson River Foundation: Mark B. Bain Fellowships application due March 10

In 2020, the Foundation will award up to six full-time research fellowships to advanced graduate students conducting research on the Hudson River system. A fellowship awarded to a doctoral student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $19,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000. A fellowship awarded to a master’s level student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $15,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000.
The Hudson River Watershed Alliance unites and empowers communities to protect their local water resources
This newsletter is supported in part by the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.