March 2022
monthly newsletter
Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Breakfast Lecture: Watershed Needs Assessment
Thursday, March 10, 8:30-9:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Emily Vail, Executive Director, Hudson River Watershed Alliance

From 2019-2021, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance conducted a needs assessment to better understand the issues facing watershed groups in the Hudson River watershed. Through semi-structured interviews and focus groups, they spoke with 56 Hudson River watershed group leaders and regional partners about watershed group challenges, barriers, needs, strengths, and accomplishments. Emily Vail, Executive Director of Hudson River Watershed Alliance, will discuss the Watershed Needs Assessment project and methodology, along with key findings and recommendations. The Hudson River Watershed Alliance will use this information to develop programs and technical assistance, along with sharing the results with a wide range of partners.
March 2020 Ulster County Watershed Roundtable
Nominate a Watershed WaveMaker!
Do you know an individual, a watershed group and/or an organization, institution, or business that goes above and beyond to protect water resources in the Hudson River watershed? Nominate them for a Watershed WaveMaker award! 

Hudson River Watershed Alliance will recognize our 2022 Watershed WaveMaker awardees at our Toast to the Tribs awards benefit event this spring.

The nomination form and more details on criteria are available here.

Nominations are due by March 7.
2019 Watershed WaveMakers
Welcome to Hudson River Watershed Alliance's new Board President, Kate Meierdiercks!
In January, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance elected Kate Meierdiercks as Board President. Dr. Katherine Meierdiercks is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Siena College in Loudonville NY, where she teaches courses in watershed management; environmental field techniques; environmental research methods; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and analysis techniques for soil, air, and water. Kate has served on the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Board of Directors since 2015.

We'd also like to recognize and thank Ryan Palmer for his leadership. Ryan served as Board President from 2019 through 2021, and has been on the board since 2014. He stepped down from the role as President this year, while continuing to serve on the Alliance's board, to allow for a smooth transition of leadership.

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance has been actively working on succession planning to ensure that the organization is resilient over time. Succession planning can be challenging, because there is no one policy or procedure that outlines how to do it, and each organization and board needs to approach it a little differently. It's important to approach this work not as a project with a distinct start and stop, but something that is discussed early and often.

Are you interested in learning more about planning for leadership transitions? Karen Strong from Strong Outcomes presented on "Building a Resilient Organization that Lasts" at our Annual Watershed Conference in 2021. You can view a recording of that presentation online here.
Dr. Katherine Meierdiercks, Siena College
Ryan Palmer, Center for the Urban River at Beczak

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County: Environment Educator & No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Program Manager - Application due March 7

As a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) Environment & Energy Program team, this position will serve as the Dutchess No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Program Manager for Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County and will be part of the team managing environmental and energy projects through the CCE Climate Resilience Partnership, the Dutchess County Greenway Connections Project, and similar programs. This position will provide direction, organization, coordination, and management of all aspects of the assigned Dutchess NCLI Program, a youth workforce development program working to connect City of Poughkeepsie High School students with the outdoors while training them to be youth environmental educators. Responsibilities for this aspect of the position to include, but not be limited to: direct supervision of youth staff; youth career and workforce development; providing training on STEM and outdoor topics; developing and leading community projects with the youth environmental educators; networking with research projects and other environmental education projects in the County and region; and other youth educational programs administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. This position will manage and coordinate collaborations with other CCEDC programs and partner organizations. 

City of Peekskill: Sustainability Program Coordinator - Application due March 9

The City of Peekskill is requesting proposals from qualified consultants (individuals or firms) to coordinate city sustainability programs. The position will be as an independent consultant contract and report to the Planning Department.Coordinate a Climate Smart Community Taskforce. The coordinator will work to move Peekskill toward Bronze then Silver Certification status in NYS Climate Smart Communities Program, and toward completion of additional Clean Energy Community Program high impact actions. They will also maintain the Sustainable Peekskill project webpage, communicate to the public about the city’s sustainability initiatives, and coordinate a wide range of sustainability projects as prioritized by the Planning Department and Taskforce.

Mohonk Preserve: Ecological Field Manager - Application due March 25

As a member of the Conservation Programs team, the Ecological Field Technician will be responsible for conducting vegetation (forest and grassland) and insect (grassland) surveys. Field data collection on vegetation includes monitoring composition, structure, and White-tailed deer browse-impact. Field data collection on insects includes monitoring for density, richness, and diversity. The Technician will follow established field protocols in both new and existing monitoring sites. The Technician will also be responsible for entering and managing the collected data and preparing a project assessment report summarizing seasonal findings. This position will support departmental initiatives, outreach opportunities, and carrying out the Preserve’s mission.

Scenic Hudson: GIS & Land Data Manager

Scenic Hudson helps citizens and communities preserve land and farms and create parks where people experience the outdoors and enjoy the Hudson River. We also bring together people, businesses and government to protect the river and natural resources that are the engines of the valley’s local economies. The manager will oversee all aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) use, development, and management at Scenic Hudson to support land conservation, advocacy, science and other organizational priorities. They will develop and maintain all program-related data in GIS and in our Salesforce databases.

Scenic Hudson: Hudson Cliffs State Park Manager

Scenic Hudson helps citizens and communities preserve land and farms and create parks where people experience the outdoors and enjoy the Hudson River. We also bring together people, businesses and government to protect the river and natural resources that are the engines of the valley’s local economies. The Hudson Cliffs State Park Manager will oversee the day-to-day, year-round operations and maintenance of Hudson Cliffs State Park, located in the City of Kingston and Town of Ulster, Ulster County. The park is expected to open to the public in spring 2022. The 520-acre park is owned by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) and operated by Scenic Hudson under a cooperative agreement with PIPC. The Park Manager will assure that Scenic Hudson’s management responsibilities are upheld to a high standard and that the park offers enjoyable, accessible and safe experiences for the public. Community page and project website is here. This is a three-year limited term position.

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 Manager

The Youth Programs Manager is a full time position responsible for working with staff, partner organizations, and subcontractors to coordinate all aspects of Groundwork’s youth programs. Our programs focus on developing leadership skills, fostering group dynamics, and nurturing a variety of environmental skill sets to cultivate the community leaders of tomorrow. The Youth Programs Manager will also be responsible for connecting youth and stewardship activities to other Groundwork programs, including Climate Resilience and Sustainability Education. In this capacity, the Youth Programs Manager will work closely with all Groundwork staff. The Youth Programs Manager will also work closely with the Executive Director to grow our existing programs, including the development and oversight of a new alumni relations initiative, and a new workforce development project with young adults to address climate adaptation and mitigation.

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: 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 first is the Saw Mill River Coalition. It is a dynamic partnership of community groups, government agencies, municipalities, and businesses committed to revitalizing and protecting the Saw Mill River through local stewardship projects and county-wide watershed planning. The Yonkers Greenway “A Rail-to-Trail” project, is the second project. It is designed to be a 2-mile walking/biking path and bike lanes connecting downtown Yonkers with New York City. Groundwork Hudson Valley is working in partnership with the City of Yonkers as the environmental and community liaison for the project. The last is theClimate Safe Neighborhoods, which works to promote local climate adaptation and resilience projects and policies by organizing and empowering Yonkers communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Groundwork Hudson Valley has established and runs the Climate Safe Yonkers Task Force composed of community members working to accomplish these goals.

Groundwork Hudson Valley: Seasonal S.T.E.M. Educators

The Education Assistant seasonal position involves working in the outdoor classroom and in the greenhouse, facilitating hands-on, sustainability-centered education programs delivered to a broad range of students, and growing food for our community. Under the direction of the Sustainability Education Manager and Associate, the Education Assistant will lead classes, tours and activities for students and visitors to the Barge, and perform greenhouse work to maximize growing food for the community. During the spring and fall, the Education Assistant will co-teach school classes held either in person or virtually (subject to Covid conditions) on topics that include botany, river ecology, renewable energy, waste management, climate science, resilience practices, and others. During the late spring, summer and fall, the Education Assistant will also staff the Barge during weekends when it is open to the public. 

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.

Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB): Director of Education

The Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) seeks a dynamic individual with a passion for teaching and the environment to join our team. Our vision of CURB is of a vibrant education and research center accessible to researchers, students, residents, and youth, dedicated to advancing sustainable solutions to emerging issues facing the Hudson River and urban waterways everywhere, such as stormwater runoff, climate change-induced sea level rise and storm events, and loss of biodiversity. It is rooted in the belief that an educated and engaged citizenry are critically essential to achieving real, positive change. Reporting to the Director, the Director of Education supports the mission of the center by developing education program curriculum, teaching various K-12 environmental education programs, teacher trainings, and related programs for 4,000-5,000 annual visitors, supervising education staff and interns, and providing outreach to schools and other collaborative community and regional partners.

Interstate Environmental Commission: IEC 2022 Seasonal Interns

The Interstate Environmental Commission comprehensively addresses water quality
issues and priorities in the IEC jurisdictional waters in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, and CT). IEC performs a diverse array of water quality projects that include ambient water quality monitoring surveys, compliance inspections, laboratory analyses, public education and outreach.The interns will assist with field, laboratory, and office work associated with IEC’s seasonal water quality monitoring activities in IEC’s District (tri-state area). Activities are generally water quality oriented, but can cover a wide range of environmental issues, according to program needs. All intern positions require field work and laboratory work. Each intern will be assigned to work on one of three programs: Long Island Sound Monitoring, New York Harbor Monitoring, or Coordinated Volunteer Pathogen Monitoring.

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.

Rockland County Youth Bureau: Rockland Conservation & Service Corps applications due April 8

Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RCSC) Members dedicate their summer to carrying out environmental service projects in the Rockland County region. They are looking for passionate, enthusiastic, and friendly young people (18+) who want to grow as civic leaders and gain work-related experience while making tangible environmental impacts on our community. RCSC offers an experience that has components of classic environmentalism and community action projects, while also exposing you to hands-on government and not-for-profit environmental conservation work. They will first provide environmental training and education on a variety of topics such as public speaking, trail building and maintenance, climate change, sustainable agriculture, career readiness, and stormwater management. Corps Members work across nine different sites, each with a different conservation project, where they can apply the knowledge learned in training to help further conservation efforts in local communities. The program begins full-time on or about May 23, 2022.


Mohonk Preserve: 2022 Schaefer Research Internship applications due March 4

The 2022 Schaefer Research Internship at the Daniel Smiley Research Center provides an opportunity to work with Preserve research staff, scientists, and land managers on: forest and grassland vegetation assessment, vegetation impact from white-tailed deer browse, pollinator diversity assessment, field management planning, and detailed data collection & management. The selected intern will develop an individualized research project, complete a written report, and present their findings in an oral presentation at the end of the summer. The Schaefer Research Internship is open to students currently enrolled in their sophomore or junior years of college (or equivalent credit hours) who are majoring in biology, ecology, geology, environmental studies/science, or related natural science majors.

Hudson River Foundation: Tibor T. Polgar Undergraduate Fellowship - Applications due March 21

The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program is a student research program of the Hudson River Foundation (HRF) conducted in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.The objective of the program is to enhance opportunities for students to conduct scientific and public policy research with a specific focus on projects studying the Hudson River, its watershed, and the people who live there. A primary goal of the program is to introduce and expose students to the research process through a career-stage appropriate, summer research experience, guided by strong mentoring. The Foundation therefore encourages all interested students, including those with no prior research experience, to apply.

Open Space Institute: McHenry Fellowship - Application due March 18

The awards, up to $5,000 each, provide financial support for undergraduate or graduate students to pair with nonprofits in the Hudson River Valley region. Projects should educate local and academic communities, promote awareness around the history and environment, and invoke change.Applicants should show demonstrated excellence in a chosen field and passion for their distinctive project, tangible benefits to local communities, and impact on a student’s college or university that raises compelling dialogue. Any nonprofit organization working in the Hudson Valley may nominate a candidate and his or her project. Eligible candidates must be undergraduate or graduate students.Nonprofits receive $1,000 for sponsorship expenses.

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.


Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program: Stream Management Implementation Program - Application due March 9

Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) makes funding available for com­mu­nity part­ners to imple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions iden­ti­fied in the AWSMP Action Plan and in Stream Man­age­ment Plans. Projects must be car­ried out within the Ashokan Reservoir Water­shed.Eli­gi­ble appli­cants include local, county, state, or fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies, 501(c)(3) orga­ni­za­tions, sec­ondary school dis­tricts, col­leges or uni­ver­si­ties. For-profit firms or institutions may submit funding applications in the Research, Assessment and Monitoring category only. The AWSMP funds stewardship projects in the following categories: Planning, Education, Research/Assessment/Monitoring, Stream-Related Public Infrastructure Improvements, Flood Hazard Mitigation, and Stream Restoration.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Asset Management Program (AMP) - Application due March 14

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Environmental Facilities Corporation are soliciting volunteer municipalities to participate in a new Asset Management initiative. DEC is soliciting interest from up to 50 volunteer municipalities to develop and implement Asset Management Programs. Municipalities will work directly with a firm to develop and implement an AMP in accordance with DEC's Asset Management Guide for Publicly Owned Treatment Works. This technical assistance opportunity is offered with no out-of-pocket costs to the municipality. Asset management is a process that municipalities can use to effectively manage infrastructure investments. It includes defined procedures to inventory, assess, and track infrastructure throughout its lifecycle, improving its longevity and supporting municipal planning. Municipalities participating in the Program will have the unique opportunity to use the guide to learn, develop, and implement AMPs under the direction and guidance of selected engineering firms. AMPs can support municipalities to meet stakeholder demands by focusing on the system’s financial and functional sustainability, prolonging asset life and aiding in rehabilitation, repair, and replacement decisions through efficient and focused operation and maintenance (O&M), as well as reducing overall operational costs and capital expenditures.

Wildlife Conservation Society: Climate Adaptation Fund - Application due April 8

This program supports projects that advance learning and scale effective climate adaptation interventions to help wildlife, ecosystems and the people who value and depend on them. In 2022, the Fund will award up to $2.5 million in grants for one of two grant categories: 1. Adaptation Implementation - up to $300,000 over three years for adaptation implementation projects with an innovative component. These projects must include a monitoring plan to inform adaptive management decisions and evaluate progress towards project outcomes. 2. Adaptation Mainstreaming - up to $100,000 over two years for projects facilitating the conditions necessary to increase the uptake of an adaptation approach with known benefits. Lead applicants must be U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status. 

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.

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.”

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