April 2022
monthly newsletter
Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance
2022 Toast to the Tribs Award Benefit
Wednesday, June 8
6-8:30 PM
The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
2019 Watershed WaveMakers at The Falcon (photo by Chris Gahn)
We are thrilled to be returning to The Falcon for our annual awards benefit! Join us for the Toast to the Tribs as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Watershed WaveMaker awardees. We're so looking forward to enjoying food and live music, and our first in-person gathering in two years.

Congratulations to our 2022 Watershed WaveMakers!

  • Newburgh Clean Water Project - Watershed Group
  • Marist College Environmental Science Department - Institution
  • Paul Malmrose - Individual
  • The Falcon - Business

For more details on our WaveMakers and their accomplishments, see below.

Sponsor the Toast to the Tribs!

We have a variety of sponsorship levels available. More information on sponsorship opportunities is here.

We're also looking for donations for our raffle. If you're interested in donating an item or experience, please contact Emily Vail.

COVID-19 Policy

We will require proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival. Both PCR and rapid tests are acceptable, provided they were conducted at an official testing site or lab (at-home test results are not acceptable). Test results must show the visitor's name and date of test. This policy is subject to change based on public health recommendations, and all guests in attendance must follow the most current guidance in effect at the time of this event.

Weather-permitting, food and drinks will be held outdoors on the patio.
Breakfast Lecture: Climate Leadership: New York State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
Thursday, April 14, 8:30-9:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Mark Lowery, NYSDEC Office of Climate Change

New York State enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019. This nation-leading statute requires an 85-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a net-zero economy by 2050, while maintaining a focus on climate justice, a just transition to a clean-energy economy, grid reliability and state competitiveness. Mark Lowery will describe the statutory requirements, the process of developing the draft scoping plan to achieve the required reductions, and opportunities to provide input to the final plan. The presentation will include an overview of the various strategies recommended by the Council to achieve the required greenhouse gas reductions, with a focus on strategies related to land use, and recommendations related to climate change adaptation for ecosystems and watersheds.
Join the Hudson River Watershed Alliance Board!
The Hudson River Watershed Alliance is seeking committed people with diverse experiences to join our board. Learn more

We would like to encourage dedicated, diverse, and passionate people to join the board of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. We are an active and working board that focuses on uniting and empowering people to protect Hudson River watershed resources and their communities. We are seeking to diversify our skills, experiences, and membership, as well as strengthen our relationships with like-minded organizations across the Hudson Valley.
To strengthen our current board expertise, we are seeking people who have skills or experience in accounting/financial management; nonprofit or small business operations; human resources; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We also welcome people with experience working with non-environmental organizations. However, anyone who is interested should submit their information, as we are continuously seeking new and diverse candidates. We particularly encourage those who would not normally consider themselves typical board candidates. 
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know (with their permission), please fill out some preliminary information here.
Our nominations process is rolling, so submit information any time. Once you have submitted, someone from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance will contact you via email within two weeks. We nominate candidates using a board matrix to ensure a mix of skills, backgrounds, geographic focus, etc., to find the best fit at any given time. Although you may not be nominated in any particular cycle, once you have submitted your nomination, you’ll remain a candidate.

For more details on our board, who we are looking for, background on the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, and board responsibilities, visit our website here.
Watershed Highlight:
2022 Watershed WaveMakers
Newburgh Clean Water Project – Watershed Group WaveMaker
Photo by Lauren Berg
Newburgh Clean Water Project is a nonpartisan, grassroots group working to engage the community to advocate for long-term access to clean drinking water, ensure timely and comprehensive health resources for those who have been affected by PFAS and other contaminants, and restore the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply watershed. The group began in 2017 in response to the PFAS contamination in the Washington Lake watershed. Newburgh Clean Water Project has done a tremendous amount of research, education, and outreach, engaging memorably and meaningfully with people of all ages and backgrounds. They have emerged as one of the main sources of information on drinking water issues in Newburgh, and have shone a light on complex processes, both political and scientific, to restore clean water and protect public health. 
Marist College Environmental Science Department –
Institution WaveMaker
The Marist College Environmental Science Department, led by Dr. Zion Klos and Dr. Richard Feldman, uses the Hudson River watershed to educate and inspire. They provide students with skillsets and real-world experiences to solve local environmental issues, using watersheds as living classrooms. Much of their work has focused on the Fall Kill and Wappinger Creek, including projects on trash hotspots and clean-ups, microplastics, septic systems and nutrient pollution, invasive species, and flooding. The Environmental Science Department teaches students to communicate science and work with local partners, including the Fall Kill Watershed Coalition, CommunityMatters2, Scenic Hudson, the City of Poughkeepsie, and others. These mutually supportive collaborations provide students with valuable experience and provide local partners with capacity and support. 
Paul Malmrose – Individual WaveMaker
Paul Malmrose has been tireless in his dedication to the Hudson River Drinking Water Intermunicipal Council, also known as the Hudson 7. A retired Tighe and Bond environmental engineer, Paul brings decades of engineering experience to his role as a volunteer advisor. He has led or contributed to efforts related to climate impacts on the salt front and its effects on drinking water quality and treatment, the new federal lead and copper rule, risks from disinfection byproducts, cyber security risks, the proposal to install an electric transmission cable in the Hudson (the Champlain Hudson Power Express, or CHPE), turbid discharges to the Esopus Creek from NYC's Ashokan Reservoir, and other issues. These impact over 100,000 people that drink water from the Hudson River, as well as upstream watershed communities. Paul has been a strong voice in advocating for solutions that can address complex watershed issues in the short- and long-term.
The Falcon – Business WaveMaker
Photo by James Keepnews
Tony Falco founded The Falcon in 2001 to bring people together around world-class live music. The Falcon has never sold a ticket, instead opening up shows to all by donation only. Located along the Lattintown Creek, The Falcon showcases the beauty of its waterfalls through a series of tiered patios and walkways. An environmental scientist by training, Tony also founded Environmental Labworks, a New York State Department of Health-certified drinking water laboratory below The Falcon. Tony designed and operated several wastewater treatment facilities in the Hudson Valley, and during the pandemic, he built the Marlboro Nature Trail. Tony Falco passed away in October 2021 after a six-month battle with complications from Covid-19. The Falcon has been an incredibly generous host for our Toast to the Tribs events, and the venue’s ethos of inclusivity and community support continues to resonate through the leadership of Lee Falco. We honor The Falcon, Tony, and his legacy through this WaveMaker award. 

SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps/Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barns: Education and Outreach Assistant - Program begins June 1st

The Environmental Cooperative is an outreach and education initiative through Vassar College focusing on conservation efforts locally. The Cooperative works towards engaging the local and campus community in structured conservation programs including volunteer opportunities, environmental education field trips, guided walks, conservation based workshops and other outreach and education events. The Education and Outreach Assistant will report to and work closely with the Director of the Environmental Cooperative. They will be responsible for the development and implementation of “Exploring Science” an elementary level field trip based program. Exploring Science consists of in-school and after school programming. Exploring Science trains Vassar students to teach K-3rd graders environmental science curriculum both in the classroom and on field trips to the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve.

Dominican College: STEM Project Coordinator

Dominican College has an opening for a full-time STEM Project Coordinator for the course of a grant that is renewed annually. This role is responsible for overseeing the STEM project for economically and educationally disadvantaged students in STEM majors. This includes developing, coordinating and implementing curricular and co-curricular initiatives to support these students in earning their STEM degrees and achieving the written objectives of the project and the College’s aims in terms of excellence, leadership, and service.

Groundwork Hudson Valley: Climate Resilience Associate

Groundwork Hudson Valley is seeking a new associate to support the development and growth of our emerging Climate Resilience Program. The Climate Resilience Associate will report directly to the Climate Resilience Manager and will support the ongoing work on three main projects: The Saw Mill River Coalition, The Yonkers Greenway – A Rail-to-Trail Project, and Climate Safe Neighborhoods. The associate will work with diverse stakeholders from local government, technical assistance providers, nonprofits and community-based organizations. They will plan and organize stakeholder engagement and outreach meetings, partnership events, and community environmental stewardship events. The associate will also work with community groups to develop local environmental stewardship programs.

Groundwork Hudson Valley: Youth Programs Associate

The Youth Programs Associate is a full time position responsible for working with the Youth Programs Manager to coordinate all aspects of Groundwork’s youth programs. The Youth Programs Associate will be responsible for arranging program logistics, including but not limited to travel arrangements, securing supplies, executing on program deliverables, community engagement and outreach, student recruitment, orientation, and tracking of relevant program statistics and metrics. The Youth Programs Associate will report directly to the Youth Programs Manager and help structure, evaluate, consolidate and strengthen current programs and help develop new programs to serve a greater number of youth over time. Projects are accomplished through collective action and goal setting as well as independent project management. The right candidate will also be forward thinking, resourceful and able to anticipate in-field needs before they should arise.

Groundwork Hudson Valley: Youth Crew Leaders

Groundwork is seeking a Youth Crew Leader to assist in all aspects of our Green Team summer youth program. Green Team is a youth employment program focused on developing leadership skills, fostering group dynamics, and nurturing a variety of conservation skill sets to cultivate the community leaders of tomorrow. The Youth Crew Leader will report directly to the Youth Programs Manager. The Youth Crew Leader is an entry level position, providing an opportunity for engaging urban youth in their first experience with environmental conservation and outdoor recreational opportunities. The ideal candidate must be a team player but also be comfortable working independently as well as accepting supervision. The candidate will be forward thinking, resourceful and able to anticipate in-field needs before they arise; share the values and vision of the organization; and demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people from different backgrounds. Green Team Alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.

Kingston Land Trust: Operations Steward

The Kingston Land Trust (KLT) is a nonprofit organization that protects environmentally and socially significant land for the common good. We work collaboratively across sectors to address inequities by making land accessible to the community through habitat sanctuaries, heritage sites, food gardens and rail trails, and by supporting sustainable affordable homes initiatives.The Operations Steward (OS) manages the internal nuts and bolts of the organization and helps develop the organization’s infrastructure (systems, protocols, and policies), workflow, internal communications, and critical business processes. Primary duties include financial management, fundraising administration, office management, legal compliance, organizational recordkeeping, accounts management, information technology, and quality control. Fundraising administrative duties include constituent and donor database management, gift processing, appeal coordination, grant administration and reporting management. 

Kingston Land Trust: Seasonal Land Steward

The Kingston Land Trust (KLT) is a nonprofit organization that protects environmentally and socially significant land for the common good. We work collaboratively across sectors to address inequities by making land accessible to the community through habitat sanctuaries, heritage sites, food gardens and rail trails, and by supporting sustainable affordable homes initiatives.As the KLT continues to protect, steward, and provide access to environmentally and socially significant land, the need for on-the-ground land stewardship support is increasing. The seasonal land steward will help us devote more regular attention to the land so we can continue to heal land disturbed by urbanization and other human forces, develop the local culture of land stewardship, and make land accessible to the public. 

Scenic Hudson: River Cities Community Engagement Organizer

Scenic Hudson is seeking a highly effective, experienced, organized and creative thinker to serve as a Community Engagement Organizer for the organization’s River Cities program. The Community Engagement Organizer will engage in a wide range of activities—including developing strategy, community outreach and organizing, coalition building, and education—to advance Scenic Hudson’s goal of Hudson Valley cities and towns becoming more equitable, economically vibrant, environmentally healthy and reflective of the needs of all people. The Community Engagement Organizer will be a collaborative and dynamic team member who will develop, coordinate and implement organizing strategies related to environmental justice, food access, climate resilience, neighborhood revitalization and urban trails to connect people to the Hudson River and other natural and community resources.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Environmental Engineering Technician 1 (Seasonal)

Apply today to become a seasonal technician for the lake monitoring and assessment for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Lake Assessment and Monitoring Section (LMAS) is responsible for implementing several monitoring programs, limnological research, data analysis and interpretation, technical support, and public communications. Monitoring programs include the Lakes Classification and Inventory (LCI), Citizen Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP), the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Program, and Lake Sediment Analysis Programs.

Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District: Water Resources Engineer - Application due May 13

The Water Resources Engineer will work as a team member with Ulster County Soil & Water Conservation District staff to develop and deliver stream restoration and bioengineering projects at the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP). The AWSMP is a cooperative program of Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. This position provides project management, technical expertise and engineering support for water resources related projects undertaken by Ulster County Soil & Water Conservation District (UCSWCD). Primary duties include stream restoration design and review, engineering approval and construction oversight of stream stabilization/restoration projects and road-stream crossings. The position will also help manage the work of consultants and contractors performing design work on behalf of UCSWCD. 

Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District: District Technician - Application due May 13

The District Technician performs a variety of specialized technical duties as they relate to good conservation practices concerning soil and water resources on public and private lands. The incumbent performs GPS-GIS mapping, stream flow geomorphic assessments, minor agricultural engineering design and construction inspection, the suitability assessment for pond construction and conservation education outreach programs. The incumbent works closely with a diverse group of agencies, constituents, and municipalities.

Orange County Government Department of Planning: Planner

The Department of Planning is the host agency for the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC), which is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Orange County. The Planner in this position will primarily be assigned to the OCTC work program. The nature of this appointment is provisional pending outcome of a Civil Service Examination. The work involves responsibility for assisting in the administration of OCTC programs and contributing to the preparation of studies, surveys and special planning projects as administered through the Orange County Department of Planning and OCTC. The Planner in this position will have the opportunity to contribute to the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) development. The work is carried out in accordance with established policies and procedures and involves the performance of a variety of planning activities. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Planning with latitude for independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. As incumbents gain planning work experience, supervision may be exercised over assigned staff. Does related work as required. 

Queens College School of Earth and Environmental Studies: Lecturer (Doctoral Schedule) - Application due April 28

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College, City University of New York is currently conducting a search for a full time lecturer to join our faculty starting in August of 2022. Responsibilities will include teaching Earth and Environmental Science courses, coordinating introductory teaching laboratories, and participating in student advising and curriculum development. For more information about this position and how to apply, please visit https://cuny.jobs and search for the position using job ID#24095.

New York State Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP): Director of Water Supply Outreach

The Bureau of Public Affairs and Communications (BPAC) manages the public information, community outreach and legislative affairs of the Agency. It is responsible for all media inquiries, environmental education, special projects and events, production of all public information, both print and electronic, and has responsibility for managing the graphic and photographic needs of all the bureaus. Under the direction of the Deputy Commissioner for Water Supply and the Bureau of Public Affairs Director of Communications, with a high level of independent judgment and decision-making, the selected candidate will serve as the Director of Water Supply Outreach. The selected candidate will design and implement public engagement strategies with key stakeholders such as elected officials, neighborhood associations, environmental advocates and media outlets. The selected candidate will manage, direct, and implement all contact with the media and all information released to the public in the watershed and draft press releases and media advisories. Public engagement topics may include but are not limited to; management of the DEP water supply, The Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction (BEDC) capital projects, the Filtration Avoidance Determination, and watershed recreation. The selected candidate will be required to build and maintain positive relationships with environmental and community stakeholders, elected officials, and local media outlets.


Open Space Institute: Conservation Diversity Fellowship - Application Due April 15

The Open Space Institute (OSI) Conservation Diversity Fellowship is a full-time, one-year, paid position in New York City that offers two candidates from diverse backgrounds the chance to work with environmental leaders and accomplish meaningful conservation goals. Working alongside OSI staff, the Conservation Fellow spends the year exploring career topics in conservation such as expanding recreational access to public lands; administering grants for land protection; protecting land through conservation real estate transactions; developing science and research on conservation and climate; and learning non-profit administration and finance.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Next Generation of Hudson River Educators Summer Internship - Application due April 15

The Lamont Field Station, located at the end of Piermont Pier, NY, is a center for Hudson River scientific research and community education, helping to advance our understanding and connection to the Hudson. Owned and operated by Columbia University, this newly renovated field station provides us great water access and allows us to engage local communities in the Hudson River, building a bridge between the public and their local environment. Summer interns will learn from the Hudson River through field investigations and data collection. Then, they will create educational resources using different platforms to teach their peers, families, and communities about the importance of our Hudson River estuary and Hudson watershed. Students will visit the 5 towns in Rockland to learn from their communities about the diverse cultural relationships that people have with the Hudson, then amplify these voices through filmed interviews integrated into a mini-film, annotated by the students, and showcased across the County. This program places a special emphasis on the recruitment of historically underrepresented students and the engagement of under-resourced communities.  

NYS DEC: The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES) and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Mid Hudson Young Environmental Scientists (MH-YES) - Applications due May 13

The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES) and Mid Hudson Young Environmental Scientists (MH-YES) are paid summer field and laboratory science experiences where participants work in teams to conduct water and land-based research along the banks of the Hudson River and local streams. Students work with educators and scientists to formulate scientific questions, gather field and lab data, and do their own analyses. The goal is to help students explore environmental research as something they might want to do in their future studies and work. You are invited to apply to one or both programs and can indicate your interest and availability for the two programs in this application.

Riverkeeper: Community Science Intern

Riverkeeper is looking for an intern to join our water quality team beginning in spring, to work on our volunteer-based tributary monitoring program. The Community Science Intern will gain experience in community science and water quality advocacy at an internationally recognized environmental non-profit. This is an exciting opportunity for an emerging environmental scientist seeking experience in data-based advocacy. We seek independent and motivated students with a commitment to environmental protection and an ability to handle laboratory analysis, data management, and volunteer coordination. With the Community Science Coordinator, the interns will prepare the laboratory and ensure that volunteers are equipped for sampling events in tributaries throughout the Hudson River Watershed. They will also process water samples from the Catskill, Esopus, Rondout and Wallkill watersheds using the IDEXX Enterolert system for bacterial quantification.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC): Buffer in a Bag - Application due April 11 

The Buffer in a Bag program provides organizations and private landowners with free tree and shrub seedlings to help establish or improve a stream buffer on their property. Anyone who owns or manages land in New York State with at least 50 feet along a stream or waterbody is eligible to receive a free bag of seedlings. Organizations or individuals with permission to plant on a given property with stream or waterbody access may also participate. Applicants are limited to one bag per property, but previous participants are encouraged to apply each year to continue to grow their stream buffer. Buffer in a Bag kits will be sent to selected applicants starting in late April to early May. Each bag includes 25 bare-root, native tree and shrub seedlings that are well-suited to streamside conditions. Each bag also comes with supporting materials including a Planting and Maintenance Guide and planting layout instructions

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Community Forest Conservation Grant Program applications due April 13

This grant program funds municipal land acquisition for community forests, which are vital for wildlife habitat, flood mitigation, recreational opportunities, mental health, air quality, water quality, and to meet the obligations outlined in New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Community forests build local ownership of forests and local participation in forest management. Properties acquired through this grant program allow public access, which encourages local residents to enjoy the forests in their community and increase their connection to forest benefits. Grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 are available to help reimburse local governments for the protection of community forests, including funds to acquire, appraise, and survey land, as well as title searches, tax services, recording fees, and attorney fees. Recipients must provide a 10 percent cash match of the grant amount requested. Properties to be acquired must be 10 or more contiguous acres in size, have forests on at least 75 percent of the acreage, be accessible to the public, and provide public benefits such as recreation opportunities, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat, clean water, and forest products.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF): 2022 National Coastal Resilience Fund - Application due April 21

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is soliciting pre-proposals for the 2022 National Coastal Resilience Fund. NFWF will award up to $140 million in grants to create and restore natural systems that will increase protection for communities from coastal hazards, such as storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion, while improving habitats for fish and wildlife. NFWF prioritizes projects that are community led or incorporate direct community engagement and benefit underserved communities facing disproportionate harm from climate impacts. The 2022 project categories are: Community Capacity Building and Planning; Site Assessment and Preliminary Design; Final Design and Permitting; and Restoration Implementation.

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: Climate-adaptive Design applications due May 2

The Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) studio is a collaboration between Cornell University Landscape Architecture Professor Josh Cerra and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program. The semester-long studio links students in landscape architecture with Hudson Riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for thriving, climate-resilient waterfront areas. Community stakeholders take part throughout the studio semester to help inform the design process and support practical results. Municipalities must be located on the tidal Hudson River.

Partners for Climate Action: Local Champions - Application due May 2

The Local Champions program brings together a cohort of ten individuals who are leading their municipality’s work on NY State’s Climate Smart Communities program. For the 2022/2023 program, we will select up to 10 applications from the counties of Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, and Ulster. We look for municipalities that are new or fairly new to the CSC program and could most benefit from the opportunity we’ve designed. Each municipality puts forward their CSC Task Force Coordinator—the “Local Champion.” If selected, the Local Champion works closely with their elected officials and stakeholders from their municipality in an assessment process led by one of our partners from Cornell Cooperative Extensions. In addition to the Certification Assessment, the Local Champions come together as a cohort for additional programming. If money is a barrier to the participation of selected applicants in this program, they can request an $8000 fellowship. The Local Champions program is provided by Partners for Climate Action, an initiative of the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation.

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets: Agricultural Non-point Source Abatement and Control Program - Application due May 2

The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee invites Soil and Water Conservation Districts, or groups of Districts acting jointly, to submit proposals for funding under the Agricultural Non-point Source Abatement and Control Program. Program funds are available for non-point source abatement and control projects that plan (AEM Tier III) or implement (AEM Tier IV) Agricultural Best Management Practice Systems on New York State farms. All projects must consist of activities that will reduce, abate, control, or prevent nonpoint source pollution originating from agricultural sources.

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: Tributary Restoration and Resiliency - Application Due May 4

The Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda works to conserve or improve clean water; fish, wildlife and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery. DEC provides funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to implement Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda priorities.To be eligible, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in the tributary streams of the Hudson River estuary watershed. Examples of projects which improve aquatic connectivity are: planning and engineering projects for removal of dams, planning and engineering for culvert mitigation/right-sizing, and initial reconnaissance for feasibility of dam removal.

Hudson River Valley Greenway; Community Grant applications due May 6, September 2, and November 4

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to develop plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Higher amounts are awarded for intermunicipal projects. This grant program is open to municipalities that are within the designated Greenway area and have adopted a local board resolution to become a designated “Greenway Community.”

Land Trust Alliance: Forest Conservation Easements for Land Trusts Program - Application due May 16

In partnership with the Land Trust Alliance, a total of $1.35 million in grant funding is available for DEC to award to eligible, accredited land trusts to purchase conservation easements on forested land for the purpose of protecting these lands from future development. The goal of the grant program is to increase the pace of forest land conservation to keep forests as forests and combat climate change. Applicants may apply for up to $350,000 to fund the acquisition of conservation easements on forest land in New York State. To apply, a 25% match of grant funding requested is required and land trusts must be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health: Applications for Free Technical Assistance for Municipalities on Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2) (rolling)

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) have announced a new initiative to assist municipalities with assessing and supporting drinking water source protection programs. The Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2) is a state-run program created to assist municipalities with proactively protecting their drinking water sources. The goal is to help municipalities develop and implement their own unique drinking water source protection plan for the source(s) of their drinking water. In order to do so, the State is looking for communities to work with a technical assistance provider (TA provider), free of charge, to develop a DWSP2 Plan for their source of drinking water. TA providers will work with the community every step of the way, using the DWSP2 Framework, to develop a community specific DWSP2 Plan. As a result of this program, participating municipalities can use their newly developed DWSP2 plan to start implementing protection measures.
The Hudson River Watershed Alliance unites and empowers communities to protect their local water resources