July 2022

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Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance

2022 Toast to the Tribs Awards Benefit

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Toast to the Tribs at The Falcon! The Toast to the Tribs is the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's annual awards benefit, celebrating the accomplishments of our Watershed WaveMaker awardees. We also celebrate the vast network of rivers and streams that flow to the Hudson River, and the communities that work to protect them.

More photos from the event are available here (all photos by Amanda Cabanillas). Videos of the awards ceremony (and live music!) are on our YouTube channel here.

If you missed the Toast, please consider a donation to the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. Your contributions are more important than ever to ensure that our work continues to be sustainable and impactful. 

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Watershed Group WaveMaker: Newburgh Clean Water Project

Institution WaveMaker: Marist College Department of Environmental Science & Policy

Individual WaveMaker: Paul Malmrose

Business WaveMaker: 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

Watershed Characterization Technical Assistance

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance will be providing technical assistance to develop two watershed characterizations in 2022 and 2023. These will serve as templates for future planning. 

We are very excited to be working with advisory committees from two watersheds within the Hudson River estuary watershed:

  • The Sparkill Creek watershed in Rockland County and Bergen County, NJ as our urban/suburban case study (applicant: Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance) 
  • The Punch Brook-Roeliff Jansen Kill watershed in Columbia County and Dutchess County as our rural case study (applicant: Town of Ancram Conservation Advisory Council). 

Developing a watershed characterization report is the first step in watershed planning. It provides context for future planning, and can be used for education and to build local support. Watershed characterization reports include a summary of the watershed, baseline conditions, and key problems. 

This program is supported by funding from 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 NEIWPCC.

Water quality monitoring in the Sparkill Creek

Pasture and pond in the Punch Brook Valley, photo by Jamie Purinton from the Town of Ancram Natural Resources Convservation Plan.

Breakfast Lecture Webinars

Our regular breakfast lecture series is currently on summer break, but each session is recorded and posted on the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's YouTube channel.

You can catch up on any presentations you missed here.

In 2022, we've featured presentations on:

  • road salt in the Hudson watershed,
  • climate adaptation partnerships,
  • Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Watershed Needs Assessment,
  • New York State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, 
  • watershed research at Marist College, and 
  • community science in the Sparkill Creek watershed.


Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies: Ecology Education Program Specialist

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Cary Institute is accepting applications for an Ecology Education Program Specialist to bring Cary Institute science to secondary school students and educators and help advance the field of ecology education. This is a full time, long term position in the Cary Institute Education Program. Start date no later than September 6, 2022, with an earlier start in late Spring or Summer preferred. Major responsibilities include coordinating the Mid-Hudson Young Environmental Scientists (MH-YES) Program for local high school students and the Hudson Data Jam competition. Bachelor’s degree in one of the environmental sciences, or in education, and at least two years of ecology or related teaching experience required.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County: Energy Advisor position applications due July 27

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County's Environment & Energy Program will be hiring five Energy Advisor positions to join their team. These positions will continue and expand on the work they have been doing to assist residents, small businesses, and non-profits in the Mid-Hudson region to access energy efficiency and clean energy programs. Each of the 5 positions will have a different primary work site location within the Mid-Hudson region: Millbrook, NY (covering all of Dutchess County); Brewster, NY (covering all of Putnam County); Middletown, NY (covering all of Orange County); Kingston, NY (covering all of Ulster County); and Stony Point, NY (covering all of Rockland County). Each position is a full time, exempt, benefits eligible position. Compensation paid at the rate of $51,480.00 per year. They encourage applications from candidates who have related skill sets but may lack direct experience with delivering programing around energy topics. On-the-job training will be provided, so a candidate with a related skill set and a strong desire to learn more about these topics could excel in this position. 

Cornell University New York State Water Resources Institute: Restoration Hydrologist

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The NYSWRI Restoration Hydrologist, based in Ithaca at Cornell’s main campus, will provide road-stream crossing modeling and outreach support to improve the effectiveness of mitigation and restoration efforts focused on, 1) improving aquatic species passage; 2) reducing or eliminating hydraulic constrictions; and 3) incorporating climate change science into road-stream crossing and floodplain management analyses. The Restoration Hydrologist will be responsible for receiving and managing road-stream crossing data from partners and then returning modeling results in a format that can be used by local and municipal stakeholders. These data and derived products will be incorporated into road-stream crossing management plans and other planning initiatives to help local government with real world decision-making related to road infrastructure improvements. The position will also support hydraulic and hydrologic modeling and assessment needs identified through river restoration projects, such as dam removals. The position will require working effectively with regional watershed programs and partners, including regular communications and decision support for local partners. Bachelor’s Degree; with at least 3 years of relevant experience in hydrology, hydrologic modeling, or a related engineering field required.

Rensselaer Land Trust: Executive Director

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The Rensselaer Land Trust, a nonprofit land trust based in Troy, New York seeks an Executive Director to take the reins of this well-established and respected institution. Founded in 1987, RLT holds a portfolio of 17 fee-owned Preserves and 16 conservation easements totaling 1,964 acres. It maintains and cultivates active partnerships with local and statewide agencies and governments. It is thrice accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. RLT is supported by a long-tenured volunteer board and a cadre of more than 100 local volunteers. Position is part time at 25 hours/week and can be combined with the Land Protection Manager (grant-funded) for qualified candidates. As a standalone position, budget allows for an annual salary of up to $43,750, and RLT is willing to work with the successful candidate on scheduling.

Rensselaer Land Trust: Land Protection Manager

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The Rensselaer Land Trust, a nonprofit land trust based in Troy, New York seeks a Land Protection Manager for our Source Water Land Protection Program for lands in the Tomhannock Watershed. This position is funded by a grant from the NYS Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) with a remaining term of 2 years. There are 12 conservation easement projects in the pipeline and capacity for 2-4 more. Includes landowner outreach and liaison, agency and partner coordination, and real estate transactions. Hourly salary. Must follow land acquisition protocols for an accredited land trust and the grant parameters. Weekly position hours vary and can be combined with the Executive Director position for qualified candidates. Hours spent on WQIP Administrative tasks will be paid at a gross rate of $33.19/hour. Hours spent on WQIP Natural Resource Manager tasks will be paid at a gross rate of $64.29/hour. In a given month, the Land Protection Manager is paid only for the hours actually worked on WQIP tasks, and thus the amount of monthly salary will vary with effort expended.

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance: Communications & Development Associate

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Do you find joy in telling a good story that moves people? Do you love being outdoors with others? Do you feel that well-told stories are critical to the success of a small, community-centered organization? Are you comfortable working with data and learning some of the nuts and bolts of non-profit fundraising? This position will work with the Communications Director to support and produce timely, relevant, and impactful communications and engagement for our membership and volunteer base. The Communications and Development Associate is an entry level position with room for growth. It is a permanent full-time position with a starting salary of $36 to $40K. Target start date: Aug 1, 2022. Interviews will begin in July.

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance: Volunteer Coordinator

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Do you get your energy working with people? Do you love meeting new people and learning about what excites them? Does the idea of matching volunteers with work that aligns with their skills and interests excite you? Do you want to be the person who is there for volunteers when they have a question or need help? To be responsive and to make them feel appreciated and good about their volunteer work? Do you want to occasionally get your hands dirty working alongside people in the outdoors? The Volunteer Coordinator will work with senior RPA staff to recruit, match, orient, train, support, and most importantly appreciate RPA volunteers. This is an entry level position with room for growth. It is a permanent full-time position with a starting salary of $36 to $40K. Target start date: Aug 1, 2022. Interviews will begin in July.

Wallkill Valley Land Trust: Stewardship Assistant

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The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) has an opening for a full-time Stewardship Assistant. This position works out of the WVLT office located in New Paltz, NY and will support the Coordinator of Land Stewardship to monitor WVLT’s existing and expanding land management needs including monitoring our conservation easements, preparing conditions reports, developing baseline documentation reports for new projects and managing our fee lands, including habitat restoration, and volunteer recruitment and oversight. Assisting with educational programming as needed is also expected. At least two-years professional work experience in a related field is required. Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) from a four-year college or university in a related field, (biology, forestry, environmental science or natural resources) is desirable. Candidates with management experience and a passion for the outdoors will also be considered.

Wallkill Valley Land Trust: Part-Time Temporary In-Person Survey Interviewer

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Seeking an outgoing, personable individual to administer bilingual survey questions (Spanish & English) in-person at designated sites across eastern Ulster County using a tablet. Surveys are being used to understand the needs of users and non-users of outdoor recreational areas. You should be comfortable approaching diverse strangers and initiating conversations in a friendly manner. Bias training will be provided. All surveying will take place in public locations during daytime hours. This is a temporary contractual (1099) position that pays $24 per hour for up to a maximum of 40 hours within the given date range. The timeline is from July 18-August 26. Payment will be administered in two parts: $480 after the first 20 hours are complete and $480 after the remaining 20 hours are complete. College credit offered.

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.


Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC): Future Leaders in Planning applications due July 15

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Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC)’s leadership development program for high school students in the Capital Region. FLIP is a program where high school students learn about planning through fun, interactive site visits, and get to interact with decision-makers around the Capital Region. FLIP 2022 will take place August 8-12 (Monday-Friday) and be held at University at Albany’s ETEC Building (Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex ETEC). 


NYS Urban Forestry Council: Tree City USA Reward Grant applications due July 15

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Funds are available for communities to host a public tree planting event to celebrate their consistent and continuing involvement in the Tree City program. Only New York communities that have been named a Tree City for the last five consecutive years (2017-2021) are eligible to apply. Communities may apply for up to $1,000. Funds must be used to plant one or more trees in a prominent, publicly accessible location within the municipality to enhance their community forest canopy. Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to, trees, mulch, soil, and event-related costs such as advertising. NYSUFC encourages awardees to share their celebrations on social media and local publications.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF): America the Beautiful Challenge proposals due July 21

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NFWF announced the 2022 Request for Proposals for the America the Beautiful Challenge, a public-private grant program designed to support locally-led, voluntary ecosystem restoration projects. The NFWF program will invest in the restoration of watersheds, forests and grasslands while also working toward other goals consistent with the America the Beautiful Initiative. In year one of this program, approximately $85 million will be awarded in nationwide funding for projects across the following themes: Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands and watersheds; Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks; Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds and seascapes; Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought and other climate-related threats; and Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities

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. 

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program: Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs applications due August 1

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Do you own or manage land along a stream? You can apply for free native plants to help reduce erosion and improve habitat along your stream. Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs offers free native trees and shrubs for planting along the tributary streams in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. If your project is selected, you must recruit volunteers for planting and maintain the site after the planting is complete. Our staff can help you with a planting plan and work with your volunteers. The application deadline is August 1 for a planting in fall, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the deadline. Large sites will be given preference.

Department of Commerce (DOC): NSF Disaster Resilience Research Grant applications due August 19

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With this joint solicitation, the NSF and the U.S Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) call for proposals for research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards. 

NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation: Water Infrastructure Improvement (WIIA) and Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant (IMG) program applications due September 9

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As part of the new York State Clean Water Infrastructure Act, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) is offering $225 million in grants for clean and drinking water projects during the 2022-2023 state fiscal year to selected municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect public health and/or improve water quality. WIIA provides competitive grants to help municipalities fund water quality infrastructure projects. WIIA grants are available for wastewater and drinking water projects that protect or improve water quality and/or protect public health. Municipalities may submit applications for multiple projects, including wastewater, sewer and drinking water projects. IMG is available for both drinking water and wastewater/sewer (clean water) projects that serve multiple municipalities, such as a shared water quality infrastructure project or the interconnection of multiple municipal water systems.

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.”

Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley: Ecological Restoration Grant applications due September 30

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While climate change is a global issue, there is SO much we can do right here in our Hudson Valley communities to lessen its impacts and prepare for the environmental changes that are headed our way. Restoring the ecology of our natural environment, reducing greenhouse gasses, and improving our air and water are critical actions we need to take now! Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley are inviting applications for funding from nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, or Orange Counties that are taking direct ecological restoration actions in their localities. Grants will range from $1000-$100,000. They are looking for creative ideas to restore our local ecosystems, energetic organizations with great ideas and well-formed plans, and projects with results that people can see within a year’s time. Applicant organizations and their projects must be located in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, or Ulster Counties, and be one of the following: a municipal or county-level government in NY, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Projects with the support of a fiscal sponsor are also eligible), a youth-led club or organization affiliated with a public or independent school or college, or a public library.

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.

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. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 2022.

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