June 2022

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Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance

2022 Toast to the Tribs Awards Benefit

Wednesday, June 8

6-8:30 PM

The Falcon, Marlboro, NY

Registration and More Information

Join us on Wednesday evening at The Falcon for the Toast to the Tribs, as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Watershed WaveMaker awardees. We're so looking forward to enjoying food, live music from the Sweeney Gallagher Tenerowicz Trio, and our first in-person gathering in over two years.

The event is an opportunity to celebrate the vast network of rivers and streams that flow to the Hudson River, along with the communities that work to protect them. These rivers, streams, communities - and supporters like you - are all part of the Hudson River watershed.

We're doing our best to keep our event as safe as possible. The Toast to the Tribs will include a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, overlooking the beautiful waterfalls of the Lattintown Creek. 

If you can't make it to the Toast to the Tribs, please consider a donation of $25 or more. As the Hudson River Watershed Alliance grows and looks to face the challenges ahead, your contributions are more important than ever to ensure that our work is sustainable and impactful. 

Donate to the Hudson River Watershed Alliance

Congratulations to our 2022 Watershed WaveMakers!

  • Newburgh Clean Water Project
  • Marist College Environmental Science & Policy Department
  • Paul Malmrose
  • The Falcon

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Watershed Sponsors

Hudson River Foundation

JSA Sustainable Wealth Management

Creek Sponsors

Capital District Regional Planning Commission

The EASTER Foundation – Anne & Fred Osborn III

Restaino Design Landscape Architecture


Tighe & Bond

Stream Sponsors

Delaware Engineering

Gordon & Svenson LLP

LaBella Associates


Brook Sponsors

CEA Engineers

Center for the Urban River at Beczak

Common Ground Consulting, LLC

D&B Engineers and Architects

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Scenic Hudson

Wallkill River Watershed Alliance

COVID-19 Policy: We will require proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival. For more details, visit our website here.

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Watershed Group WaveMaker: Newburgh Clean Water Project

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Institution WaveMaker: Marist College Department of Environmental Science & Policy

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Individual WaveMaker: Paul Malmrose

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Business WaveMaker: The Falcon


Sweeney Gallagher Tenerowicz Trio

Watershed Characterization Technical Assistance from Hudson River Watershed Alliance

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The Hudson River Watershed Alliance is soliciting applications to provide technical assistance to develop watershed characterizations, based on the process outlined in the NYS Department of State and Department of Environmental Conservation Guidebook on Watershed Plans. The Hudson River Watershed Alliance will work with advisory committees from two watersheds within the Hudson River estuary watershed to develop watershed characterizations in 2022 and 2023, which will serve as templates in the future.

This is an application for technical assistance from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. No funding or match is required from participants. Applicants and advisory committee members will commit their time to support the watershed characterization process.

For details, see the program website and full Request for Applications here. Applications are due by June 15 at 5 PM.

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Hudson River Watershed Alliance held an informational webinar on May 19, and a recording is available on our YouTube channel here

Breakfast Lecture: Community Science in the Sparkill Creek Watershed: Aligning Community Values with Action

Thursday, June 9, 8:30-9:30 AM

Register here

Featured Speaker: Jennifer Epstein, Senior Community Science Manager, Riverkeeper

More than 10 years ago, a kid smelled sewage in the Sparkill Creek, and asked what the adults would do about it. Water quality sampling by Riverkeeper near the mouth of the Sparkill Creek later that year confirmed high levels of fecal indicator bacteria. This talk will explore what Riverkeeper, the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance, and partners have learned about water quality in the creek, and both the promise and limitations of community data in inspiring action 50 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act.

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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 are an active and working board seeking to diversify our skills, experiences, and membership, as well as strengthen our relationships with like-minded organizations across the Hudson Valley.

For more details on our board, who we are looking for, background on the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, board responsibilities, and our process, visit our website here.



River Network: Community Engagement Associate applications due June 24

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River Network, a nationally-focused nonprofit organization, seeks a highly organized and results- driven professional to join their Community Engagement team in assisting with organization’s clean-up and other community engagement events that match corporate interests in clean water, healthy rivers, and other social responsibility goals with opportunities to support local communities and nonprofit organizations across our nationwide network. The Community Engagement Associate will provide support to River Network’s corporate relationships and their investments and engagement in local projects that restore water quality and quantity (e.g., community clean-ups, litter removal projects, etc.). Salary is $42,000 to $50,000 per year, and location is remote, from home office.

NY/NJ Baykeeper: Urban Education and Outreach Coordinator

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NY/NJ Baykeeper serves as the citizen advocate for clean water for the bays, streams and rivers of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. They are looking for an outgoing and dynamic Urban Education and Outreach Coordinator to join the team. Applicant must be self-motivated and a quick learner, able to work with community members, school-aged children, and various staff members; as well as comfortable working independently. The Urban Education and Outreach Coordinator reports to the Executive Director/CEO and works collaboratively with other key staff members. This team member is responsible for managing, coordinating, and promoting existing education and outreach programs. The starting salary is $45,000, and the position is based in Kearny, NJ.

City of Albany: Energy Manager

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New York’s capital city is hiring a full time Energy Manager to advance a wide range of initiatives related to climate change and sustainability. The successful candidate will assist with projects in such areas as building and transportation electrification, environmental justice, expanding the adoption of clean energy, measuring greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting Albany to the oncoming realities of climate change. In addition, the Energy Manager will work to monitor and reduce the city government’s energy and carbon footprints. Finally, this position will assist with overseeing the City’s newly-acquired streetlight system. The Office of Sustainability and the city’s Sustainability Advisory Committee also work in the areas of waste reduction, urban agriculture, and water. The Energy Manager is encouraged to undertake projects in those areas as well. The salary for the position is $68,000. Residency in the City of Albany is a requirement.


Capital District Transportation Committee & Capital District Regional Planning Commission: Community Planning Technical Assistance Program

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CDTC and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) are seeking applications for the 2022 Community Planning Technical Assistance Program. The program offers CDTC and CDRPC staff time and expertise to local governments undertaking small scale community planning initiatives. Municipalities or municipally convened groups (i.e. appointed committees, planning boards, etc.) within the designated planning area of the CDTC, the four counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga (except the Village of South Glens Falls and the Town of Moreau) are eligible to apply. If your community is interested in applying, you must contact CDRPC and CDTC to discuss your request. A cash or in-kind match contribution of not less than 25% of the actual project cost is required.

Open Space Institute (OSI): Land and Climate Catalyst Planning Grants - Applications due June 8

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OSI’s Catalyst Program currently focuses on addressing the following climate issues: habitat resilience, forest carbon storage, and sequestration, and community resilience to climate impacts such as flooding. We support conservation groups and communities by offering planning grants and technical assistance, authoring guidance documents, and hosting workshops. Through a collaboration between Open Space Institute and Land Trust Alliance, $300,000 in funding is available in the 2022 grant round to help land trusts, other not-for-profit organizations, and state and federally recognized Tribes integrate climate science into strategic land protection plans or forest stewardship plans.

NEIWPCC and NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program: 2022 Restoration of Watershed Connectivity - Applications due June 10

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), in partnership with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), is inviting proposals for projects prepare communities to restore aquatic habitat connectivity for herring and eel, reduce localized flood risks, and improve conditions on Hudson River estuary tributaries. The purpose of the funding is to develop regional municipal management plans and designs to improve inadequate road-stream crossings focused on priority sites for flood mitigation and/or stream habitat for fish in multiple municipalities. The "Restoration of Watershed Connectivity and Improved Road Infrastructure" RFP with application requirements and instructions on how to apply is available on NEIWPCC's website.

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), and the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH): Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for Water Pollution Control and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) - Applications due June 17 and August 31

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The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), and the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) are pleased to announce the availability of funds in support of CWSRF and DWSRF eligible projects for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2022 and 2023. The CWSRF and DWSRF programs are available to municipalities and certain non-municipal entities in New York State to finance water quality and drinking water related projects. Eligible projects for which the required items have been submitted by the deadlines below will be listed in the CWSRF and DWSRF 2023 Draft IUPs or an amended 2022 IUP, as appropriate. Funding is now available from the CWSRF and DWSRF programs through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), a five-year program approved by Congress and signed by the President in November 2021.

NYS DEC: 2022 Climate Smart Communities Grant Program - Applications due July 29

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The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Grant program was established in 2016 to provide 50/50 matching grants to cities, towns, villages, and counties of the State of New York for eligible climate change mitigation, adaptation, and planning and assessment projects. Funds are available for two broad project categories - implementation and certification. The first project category supports implementation projects related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (mainly outside the power sector) and climate change adaptation. The second supports planning and assessment projects aligned with Climate Smart Communities certification actions.

NYS DEC: Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIP) - Applications due July 29

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WQIP funds implementation projects to improve water quality or protect a drinking water source. Eligible project types include: wastewater treatment improvement, non-agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control, land acquisition for source water protection, salt storage, and aquatic connectivity restoration. For full program details and requirements, including maximum award amounts, required match, and project type descriptions, view DEC's WQIP webpage.

NYS DEC: Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Planning and MS4 Mapping Grant (NPG) - Applications due July 29

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NPG funds production of planning reports for nonpoint source water quality improvement projects and mapping of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4). For full program details and requirements, including maximum award amounts, required match, and eligible grant categories, view DEC's NPG webpage.

NYS EFC: Engineering Planning Grant Program - Applications due July 29

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Engineering Planning Grants help fund the development of an engineering report, which are required in the EFC financing application process. Grants are available to help municipalities jump start their work early on with funding for initial planning, so they can be better prepared to seek financing to help them complete their wastewater, sewer and water quality projects. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to municipalities to help fund an engineering report. Up to $3 million has been made available for this round of grant funding. 

NYS EFC Green Innovation Grant Program - Applications due July 29

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The Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) supports projects across New York State that utilize unique EPA-designated green stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies. Competitive grants are awarded annually to projects that improve water quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through the implementation of one or more of the following green practices: Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency and Environmental Innovation. 

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

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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.”

NYS DEC: Regenerate New York Forestry Cost Share Grant Program applications due October 7

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The purpose of this grant program is to support the regeneration of forests so they may continue to deliver vital services such as mitigating climate change, protecting air and water quality, and supporting the economy. Young forests in New York face many challenges today that did not exist a century ago, the most significant being wide-spread damage caused by increased white-tailed deer populations and competition from invasive vegetation. Active management of the land is essential to ensure the survival of young trees and allow forests to become established or renew themselves, but this can be an overwhelming and expensive task. Through Regenerate NY, landowners can apply for financial assistance for projects on their land that support the establishment and renewal of healthy forests. This is a cost share reimbursement program, so all costs must be incurred by the landowner or fiscal sponsor before they can be reimbursed.

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

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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.

NYS DEC: Climate Smart Communities Coordinators Technical Assistance

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Climate Smart Communities Coordinators are available to provide free support services to municipalities across the state as part of the Climate Smart Communities program. Coordinators will assist and support local governments in taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change through outreach, planning, education, and capacity building. Coordinators will also engage communities in participatory climate future scenario planning, developing climate change adaptation and resilience plans, and convening climate and transportation listening sessions to inform sustainable and low-carbon transportation policies. Capital District Regional Planning Commission will lead the multi-region Climate Smart Communities Coordinators teams for the eastern territory (Mid-Hudson, Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, and North Country).  Program partners include the Adirondack North Country Association, the Hudson Valley Regional Council, Mohawk Valley EDGE, Planning4Places, Inc, and Climate Action Associates.

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