January 2022
monthly newsletter
Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Breakfast Lecture: Patterns of Road Salt Water Quality Impacts in the Hudson River Watershed
Thursday, January 20, 8:30-9:30 AM

Featured speaker: Katherine L. Meierdiercks, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Siena College

Road salt can negatively impact water quality and ecosystem and human health. Salt can contaminate groundwater and run off into surface water with melting snow. However, much less is known about how and when salt enters rivers and streams through groundwater baseflow. This project examines road salt in surface runoff versus baseflow in 24 Hudson River Subwatersheds, using water quality data from the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS), US Geological Survey (USGS), and independent researchers participating in The Hudson River Tributary and Subwatershed (THuRST) research network. Results have important implications for communities monitoring local rivers and stream to assess the impacts and success of salt reduction management strategies.
Green Infrastructure and Equity
Our October 2021 breakfast lecture speaker, Dr. Zbigniew Grabowski, spoke about the need for improved equity in green infrastructure planning. GIequity.org is a new website that features the results of a 20-city analysis of equity of urban green infrastructure planning, policy, and practice, which he discussed during the talk. Governing Green is an experiential toolkit that lets users evaluate the equity implications of their own planning choices.

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is hosting two free virtual events:
Women in Science Virtual Speaker Series
NYS DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program is hosting this free webinar series to meet and learn from scientists, community leaders, and environmental educators who work at the intersection of research, education, and environmental and social justice.

Dr. Elise Mckenna Myers, our February 2021 breakfast lecture speaker, presented on "Predicting Sewage Pollution Persistence in the Hudson River Estuary Using Experiments and Models" at this series on January 5. (You can view a recording of her talk here, with password: 1BJv%PJX)

On January 26, 3-4 PM, Laura Wildman, PE will present “Demolishing Dams and Stereotypes!” Laura spoke about removing barriers and resolving conflicts at our 2019 Connecting Our Streams workshop.

The full schedule and links to register to all upcoming sessions are available here.

Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District: Education and Outreach Coordinator applications due January 28

The position of Education and Outreach Coordinator will coordinate and implement the education and outreach components of stream management plans developed for the Schoharie River watershed in cooperation with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The Coordinator will play a lead role in developing watershed and ecosystem-based educational programs that protect and improve local land and water resources that build a water resource stewardship ethic in the Schoharie basin and throughout Greene County. 

Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell University's Department of Natural Resources and the Environment: Conservation and Land Use Specialist

The Conservation and Land Use Specialist will help communities and partners in the Hudson River estuary watershed to protect important habitat and natural areas through conservation and land-use planning. Key partners include local government decision-makers, land trusts, watershed groups, local and regional non-profit conservation organizations, and state agencies. The position is guided by the five-year Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda which outlines strategies and measures of success for the Conservation and Land Use team’s outreach and technical assistance. This position is located in New Paltz, NY. Travel throughout the Hudson Valley and occasionally to Albany and Ithaca is required. 

Save the Sound: Regional Director, Water Protection

Save the Sound is searching for a results-oriented leader who will spearhead our Sound-wide healthy waters initiative and serve as our New York network-builder and office director. The Regional Director proactively manages the Sound-wide efforts of the water quality team to restore rivers, lakes, and harbors in the Long Island Sound watershed. This includes guiding our extensive bi-state, science-based “find it/fix it” watch-dog, pollution testing, and solutions program; translating science into advocacy and then into results; and developing the interactive, public-friendly communications products that exemplify their data to action philosophy. The Regional Director also serves as Save the Sound’s New York spokesperson, political liaison, and community engagement lead. This position will be based in Save the Sound’s Larchmont, NY Office but currently works primarily remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Hudson River Environmental Society: McKeon Research Grant applications due February 14

The McKeon Fund of the Hudson River Environmental Society provides small grants (up to $1000) for High School and Undergraduate students to undertake research relating to the Hudson Valley during the summer. These grants encourage students to maintain their interest in STEM fields as they continue their education and to enhance their interest in working on issues relevant to the Hudson Valley. The McKeon Fund program has provided financial assistance to students who we anticipate will become professionals who will work in environmentally relevant fields in the Hudson Basin.

New York Water Environment Association: N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship applications due February 38

The N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Fund will be offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental/civil engineering or environmental science concentrating on water quality, who show a commitment to government service.


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.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) & Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC): Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2022 applications due January 25

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. This program will award approximately $2.6 million in grants nationwide. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing runoff.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund applications due February 3

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announces the 2021 Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund (ECRF) to support projects that increase the resilience of coastal communities impacted by hurricanes and wildfires in 2020 and 2021. Funding for this program was appropriated under the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, 2022 (PL 117-43). The fund supports conservation projects that create and restore natural systems to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of coastal storms, floods, sea-level rise, inundation, coastal erosion, wildfires and associated landslides/debris flows, and enable communities to recover more quickly from these events, all while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species. Eligible counties include Ulster, Sullivan, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, and New York City.

Hudson River Valley Greenway; Community Grant applications due February 4, 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.”

NYS Urban Forestry Council: Quick Start Grant applications due February 10

Through U.S. Forest Service funding, the NYSUFC offers Quick Start competitive grants of up to $1,000 each to small communities who want to pursue Tree City USA status, starting with an inaugural Arbor Day tree planting celebration in spring or fall.
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