May 2020
monthly newsletter
Toast to the Tribs
Tuesday, June 2
7-8 PM
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Our annual awards benefit is moving online! Join us for a livestream event as we celebrate our Watershed WaveMakers and the 10th anniversary of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's incorporation. While we welcome your generous donations, we know that these are challenging times, and the livestream program will be available for all to view.
Congratulations to our 2020 Watershed WaveMakers!

Peter Smith , Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance - Individual
Upper Hudson Watershed Coalition - Watershed Group
Albany Water Department - Institution
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater - Organization

For more on our WaveMakers and their accomplishments, see below.
The 2020 Toast to the Tribs is sponsored by:

Watershed Sponsor: JSA Financial Group
Stream Sponsor: Law Office of David K. Gordon

Interested in sponsoring the Toast? More information here .
Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Breakfast Webinar Series
Our monthly Mid-Hudson Breakfast Lecture Series continues as a webinar. Enjoy breakfast at home, and join us on Thursday, May 14 from 8:30-9:30 AM via Zoom. Registration and more info here .

Featured speaker Tim Koch, Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program/Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County, will describe how "messy streams are healthy streams." Tim gave this talk last year at our annual watershed conference, and we got such great feedback that we've invited him back!
Wallkill River Summit
The 6th annual Wallkill River Summit will be held as a 2-part webinar series. Join us for updates on Wallkill River projects and presentations to learn more about getting involved. Presentations will be on Tuesday, May 12 and Tuesday, June 9, from 7-8 PM. Registration and more info here .

Presented by the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. 
Walk Along a Waterbody
We're still collecting photos from this spring of responsible social distancing along rivers and streams! Please tag us on social media at @hudsonriverwatershedalliance or email any photos to Emily . To see the gallery of photos we've collected so far, click here .

We know that this time presents so many challenges. A walk (or run, or paddle) by a river or stream can help you clear the mind and get some exercise.

We're feeling renewed appreciation for our neighborhood watersheds, and the important connections between watershed health, community health, and individual health.
Wetland in Kingston along the Midtown Linear Park, Esopus Creek Watershed
Watershed Highlight
Congratulations to the 2020 Watershed WaveMakers!
Peter Smith giving a tour of Washington Lake's watershed, which had been the City of Newburgh's drinking water supply until it was contaminated with PFAS chemicals.
Beth Gilles of the Lake Champlain - Lake George Regional Planning Board presenting on the work of the Upper Hudson Watershed Coalition at the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Upper Hudson Speaker Series in Troy.
Albany Water Department's Patroon Creek daylighting project, in Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve.
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater at the 2014 Great Hudson River Revival at Croton Point Park
Peter Smith , Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance - Individual WaveMaker

Peter Smith has been a dogged researcher, educator and advocate devoted to protecting the drinking water supply for 29,000 people in and around the City of Newburgh. He has endeavored to highlight the many threats to drinking water quality, and his insights proved tragically correct, when in 2016 it became widely known that a toxic perfluorinated compound, PFOS, had contaminated the primary drinking water source for the city, Washington Lake.

We wanted to recognize Peter's substantial work on-the-ground to understand the intricacies of Newburgh’s drinking watershed, incorporate that local knowledge into planning, and bring these issues to the attention of elected and appointed officials at multiple levels of government.

Upper Hudson Watershed Coalition - Watershed Group WaveMaker

The Upper Hudson Watershed Coalition is a network of Soil & Water Conservation Districts from 7 counties. They work across the 4,620 square mile Upper Hudson River watershed, from Lake Tear of the Clouds to the Federal Dam in Troy. Supported by the Lake Champlain - Lake George Regional Planning Board, they partner with municipalities to develop plans that lead directly to implementation projects, which improve water quality and stream habitat.

The latest is the "Upper Hudson River Watershed Revitalization Plan," completed in 2020, which focuses on natural resource improvements for stormwater, agricultural invasive species, erosion, water supply and wastewater, and aquatic passage. We wanted to recognize their significant work to guide projects from funding through construction, while keeping planning initiatives straightforward and effective.

Albany Water Department - Institutional WaveMaker

The Albany Water Department, under the leadership of Water Commissioner Joseph Coffey, works to protect and provide drinking water, manage stormwater, and maintain wastewater infrastructure. A significant accomplishment in 2019 was the daylighting of the Patroon Creek in Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve. Decades in the making, this project will improve water quality, improve stream habitat, protect critical infrastructure, reduce the risk of flooding, and improve access to the Patroon Creek within the City of Albany.

Albany Water Department has also established an innovative conservation easement and carbon credit program to protect forests in the Alcove and Basic Creek watersheds, while offsetting carbon emissions. We wanted to recognize their leadership and innovation in managing water resources, especially while taking a holistic approach.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater - Organization WaveMaker

While many are familiar with Clearwater's work with the Sloop and on the Hudson River, they have also played a significant role building capacity in the Hudson River watershed. Clearwater started and incubated the Hudson River Watershed Alliance for its first few years, created watershed groups on the Fall Kill in Dutchess County and the Rondout Creek in Ulster County, and has supported important grassroots work in Newburgh and other watersheds.

We wanted to recognize their role in founding these key groups, especially as Hudson River Watershed Alliance celebrates our 10th anniversary of incorporation. We also wanted to celebrate their legacy cleaning up the Hudson River and tributaries, especially the important foundations they have laid to support work in the Hudson River watershed.

Partners for Places: Mini Grants due May 6

The Funders’ Network, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is pleased to announce that Partners for Places is now offering Mini Grants to help local governments, local foundations, and frontline community-led group(s) build relationships, align around project ideas, and ideally develop a proposal that centers on racial equity in water, sustainability, and/or climate action work. Mini grants will be in the range of $7,000 to $10,000 and are designed to strengthen the relationship between the three partners in order to aid in the development of a full and jointly developed P4P proposal. 

US EPA: Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant applications due May 15

EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) agreements that support research, investigation, study, demonstration, education and training using source reduction approaches (also known as “pollution prevention” and herein referred to as “P2”). P2 means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. EPA is particularly interested in receiving applications that offer hands on practical P2 tools, information and/or innovative P2 approaches to measurably improve the public health and the surrounding environment, by reducing the use of hazardous substances, reducing toxic pollutants, supporting efficiencies in reducing resource use (e.g., water and energy), and reducing business expenditures and liability costs.

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) Community Grants due May 29

NYSP2I provides Community Grants up to $20,000 for community-focused pollution prevention outreach and education projects. Proposals are solicited from community organizations, municipal departments, and other public sector and nonprofit entities. Projects that raise awareness of pollution prevention practices and lead to implementation at the local level will be considered.
The Hudson River Watershed Alliance unites and empowers communities to protect their local water resources