February 2023

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Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance

Breakfast Lecture Webinar Series

Hudson Estuary Trees for Tributaries Program

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

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Beth Roessler from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will present on the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program. This program provides free trees and shrubs and guidance for streamside planting projects. Plants are available for both public and privately-owned lands. Beth will describe the program’s history and provide recommendations for potential applicants.


Chet Kerr, Chair of the Greater Irvington Land Trust, and Sue Galloway of Dobbs Ferry will share their experience working with the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program to revegetate an area along the Saw Mill River in a newly formed park in the Village of Dobbs Ferry. They will describe their goals for planting this area and the collaboration between community volunteers and the Village of Dobbs Ferry, Groundwork Hudson Valley, and the Greater Irvington Land Trust to plan, prepare, plant and care for the new seedlings.

Photo: Hudson River Estuary Program

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.

Watch our December Breakfast Webinar: 

Dam Removal Case Studies

Dam removal is a river restoration strategy that can reconnect stream habitat, improve water quality, and reduce flooding hazards. This can be an expensive and complex process that involves close collaboration with NYS DEC regulatory staff. At our December webinar, Megan Lung, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, provided an overview of funding opportunities for dam removal. Michael Fraatz, NYS DEC Bureau of Ecosystem Health, discussed a dam removal project on the Moodna Creek, including his role reviewing the work plan, monitoring compliance during removal and restoration of impacted areas post-construction. Suzette Lopane, Westchester County Planning Department, shared information on work to remove barriers on the Furnace Brook in Westchester County.

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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.

Thank You to Our Outgoing Board Members!

Mary McNamara and Alliance Executive Director Emily Vail at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties.

Phil DeGaetano at the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Toast to the Tribs awards benefit in 2019. Photo by Chris Gahn.

Ryan Palmer at the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Annual Watershed Conference in 2019.

We are recognizing the outstanding efforts of three long-time Hudson River Watershed Alliance board members. After 9 years of service, Mary McNamara, Phil DeGaetano, and Ryan Palmer have reached term limits and are stepping down from the Board of Directors. We will miss them as board members, but are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with them as members of our Alliance. 

Mary McNamara is a presence throughout the entire Hudson River watershed region, and focuses her work locally in Saugerties and the Lower Esopus Creek watershed. On our board, she was a tireless advocate for watershed groups as central to our mission. Mary served as Secretary and on the Executive Committee of the board for two years, helping to maintain the organization's roots during staff changes and the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mary encouraged us to plan ahead for leadership transitions to ensure that the work and mission of the Alliance continues.

Phil DeGaetano is a legend in the water quality field, and has been working for over five decades to support clean water. During his 35-year career at NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Phil supervised the development of initial MS4 and Construction Stormwater Permits, the State’s Water Quality Standards program, and the Division of Water’s Public Information/Education efforts. Soon after he joined the Alliance's board, he was elected Treasurer, and he served in that role until 2022. Phil's work as Treasurer across those years enabled the organization to grow significantly.

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance started as a project of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and Ryan Palmer was our very first paid coordinator at that time. Now the Director of the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Bezcak, Ryan has seen the organization through all stages of development. He came full circle as a board member, serving as a long-time member of our Executive Committee and Board President from 2019-2021. Ryan guided the Alliance through the strategic planning process in 2021-2022, building on our strong foundation and history with an eye towards the future.

Are you interested in joining the Hudson River Watershed Alliance's Board of Directors?

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

For more details on our board, who we are looking for, board responsibilities, and our process, visit our website here.

Our nominations process is rolling, so submit information any time. 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.


The New York Water Environment Association will be offering over $50,000 in scholarships in 2023 for current or upcoming college students.

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McKeon Research Grant

Application Deadline (extended!): March 1, 2023

The McKeon Research Grant is available for High School and Undergraduate student research on environmental issues in the Hudson Valley. Grants of up to $1,000 will be given to help defray the cost of summer field work.

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City of Poughkeepsie: Planning Director (Deadline: February 28, 2023)

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This is an administrative position involving responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing the work of the City of Poughkeepsie planning division. An employee in this class will be required to lead and participate in the formulation, periodic analysis, and revision of a comprehensive planning program. The work is performed under the general direction of a higher-level administrator with considerable leeway allowed for the use of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. Supervision is exercised over the subordinate staff in the planning division. Application closing date: February 28, 2023.

Environmental Advocates of New York: Legislative and Communities Associate

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Environmental Advocates of New York is seeking a Legislative and Communities Associate who will support the Deputy Director in advancing our healthy communities policy priorities, including but not limited to addressing New York’s solid waste and plastic pollution crisis, eliminating toxic chemicals from our homes and food, and advancing our advocacy and education around the Environmental Rights in the State Constitution. The associate will lead our legislative tracking and bill memo management work.  

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater: Environmental Action Director

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Clearwater is currently seeking a full time Environmental Action Director to join our fast-paced, environmentally minded team. Clearwater’s Environmental Action Director will identify major environmental issues related to Clearwater’s mission to protect the ecology of the Hudson River and the quality of life of people living in the Hudson River Valley. They will develop strategies, position statements, campaigns, education materials, and programs that assure maximum public outreach and effective action to attain these goals.

Hudson River Park Trust: Science Stewardship Coordinator

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This newly created position will support the administration and field work associated with active research and habitat enhancement projects in Hudson River Park (the “Park). The Science & Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the logistics, scheduling and reporting related to Park research, long-term monitoring plans, visiting scientists and research interns, and for supporting the expansion of this program including through increased partnerships. Keen attention to detail, creativity, and strong communication skills will be necessary to help coordinate the many moving pieces of such projects with other internal departments, external partners and regulatory agencies to ultimately further the Trust’s mission of enhancing, protecting and being a steward of the Hudson River Park Estuarine Sanctuary (the “Sanctuary”). The Science & Stewardship Coordinator will also help manage the Trust’s Science Leadership Program for students from communities historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

Hudson River Park Trust: Digital Content Coordinator

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The Digital Content Coordinator is responsible for creating and updating web pages and scheduling content across social media platforms as part of a team dedicated to the delivery of high-quality digital content. Duties include coordinating with in-house content producers and brand managers to plan and design engaging and informative digital assets and providing backend support to inform content development, including tagging and coding to support analytics and SEO. Additional duties will include preparing images, documents and videos that reflect the organization’s brand for web delivery and related purposes. The Digital Content Coordinator will work with the interdepartmental communications team to support the unified online presence of the park and its associated organizations.

Keep Rockland Beautiful: Cleanup Coordinator

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The Cleanup Coordinator supports the promotion, planning, coordination and implementation of Keep Rockland Beautiful’s bi-annual cleanup and environmental education campaigns – the Great American Cleanup April – May & the Fall Waterways Cleanup September – November. The position provides a balance of outdoor and indoor work and a significant opportunity to build relationships in the community and to grow in major areas of responsibility and leadership.

Mohonk Preserve: Climate and Forestry Intern

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The Climate and Forestry Intern will assist with the development of a climate-adapted eastern hemlock forest management plan for ~1,000 acres of forest at the Mohonk Preserve. From January to May 2023 (approximately 10 hrs./week; may be completed remotely), the intern will assist with the spatial analysis of forest inventory and other relevant datasets (e.g., sensitive species presence, high use recreation areas, etc.) and drafting a management plan. Between May and August 2023, the intern will assist with collecting and analyzing pre-treatment stand data (approximately 35 hours/week; onsite). The position is supervised by the Applied Forest Ecologist and also requires working closely with other Conservation Programs and Mohonk Preserve staff. This $20/hour, grant-funded position runs from approximately January – August 2023.

Mohonk Preserve: Seasonal Environmental Educator

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We are seeking an environmental educator who loves the outdoors and enjoys sharing nature with children and the public. The Preserve has exceptional environmental education programs for all ages, including in-school programs, field studies, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), public and teen programs, and more. Reporting to our Director of Education, our Seasonal Environmental Educator is responsible for leading outdoor education programs and hikes, ensuring the safety and supervision of program participants, and delivery of outreach programs to schools, libraries and the community. Organizational and positive interpersonal skills are a must. This non-exempt position is seasonal and part-time from March 20-December 31, 2023. If successful, there is potential to return for an additional 10 months.

New York Restoration Project: Community Outreach Manager

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As a member of NYRP’s Engagement and Programming team, the Community Outreach Manager will design and implement an outreach plan as part of NYRP’s New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Greening Connections Initiative. The Fund for Public Housing, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, in partnership with NYCHA and the Design Trust for Public Space, is administering a 3-year grant that will develop and activate greenspace using engagement principles of NYCHA’s Connected Communities’ Guide. The grant term runs from January 2023 through July 2025. The project will be informed by an in-depth participatory design process that engages NYCHA residents in collaboration with greenspace and community partners. The Community Outreach Manager will work closely with residents from the Marlboro and Roosevelt Houses in Brooklyn, NY, as part of this initiative. This position will work closely with and report to the Senior Director of Engagement and Programming.

New York State Water Resources Institute: Restoration Hydrologist

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The NYSWRI Restoration Hydrologist will work to increase the ecosystem health and flood resilience of NY’s streams. More specifically, they 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.

Riverkeeper: Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney

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Riverkeeper is seeking a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney to join our well-respected legal team and contribute to Riverkeeper’s presence and effectiveness in the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the watershed that provides New York City’s drinking water. As part of the legal team, the Attorney will advance Riverkeeper’s policy goals of fishable, swimmable waterways, and clean drinking water through litigation, advocacy, public education, and public outreach. This position is part Riverkeeper’s Legal Program and reports to the Legal Program Director. The geographic work area is the Hudson River watershed and the watersheds surrounding New York City (the “watersheds”).  

Scenic Hudson: Advocacy Community Organizer

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Under the direction of the Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs, Scenic Hudson seeks an Environmental Outreach Organizer to coordinate community engagement in advocacy campaigns, develop strategic messages, and grow and diversify grassroots coalitions in support of Scenic Hudson’s mission. The position requires previous experience in one or more of the following areas: grassroots organizing, coalition building, legislative works, civic education, political campaigns, strategic message development and/or social marketing. General familiarity with environmental policy required. Organizational and time management skills are essential. Proficiency in the Spanish language a plus. Experience using social media as an advocacy or outreach tool required.


Scenic Hudson: Poets’ Walk Park Gatekeeper

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The mission of the Gatekeeper position is to limit use of Poets’ Walk Park to the permitted daylight hours of operation. The PWP Gatekeeper must possess punctuality, diligence, and commitment. The position requires a responsible individual who has attention to detail and can be a friendly and welcoming presence when at the park and in contact with visitors. Must have a demonstrated interest for equity and inclusion or all people enjoying our parks.

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.


New York Council on the Arts & Arts Council for Wyoming County: Rural and Traditional Arts Fellowship

Deadline: February 16 at 4pm

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The statewide Fellowship program for rural and traditional artists, and takes a place-based approach with the goal of inspiring and building lasting connections to rural people and places and to acknowledge and support artists living and working within rural communities. This project is meant to celebrate the creativity and innovative nature of the artist and the connection between arts and land. Fellowships will provide a 10-month process to develop a work integrated with and in response to the artist’s rural community. The project must demonstrate a deep commitment and place-based engagement with the artist’s rural community. Fellows must propose an actionable idea that responds to, is inspired by, and/or engages with the land through their artistic practice. Fellows may choose to work with a farm, a park or arboretum, a significant parcel of land, or another rural-based entity that is meaningful to the artist and their community.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Grant funding for projects implementing goals of the Mohawk River Action Agenda

Deadline: March 3, 2023

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Approximately $600,000 in grant funding is now available from NYSDEC to help municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, school districts, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations to implement the goals and objectives of the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda 2021-2026 (PDF), a five-year plan advancing efforts to conserve, preserve, and restore the Mohawk River and its watershed. Projects projects must have defined measurable project objectives, tasks, and deliverables that can be completed within a two-year contract term and be located within the geographic boundaries of the Mohawk River watershed. Examples of eligible project types include projects designed to reduce point and nonpoint source pollution within the watershed; projects that seek to conserve, protect or enhance fish, wildlife, and associated aquatic and riparian habitats within the watershed; projects that will promote flood hazard risk reduction and enhanced resiliency of watershed communities; and projects that improve stewardship within the watershed by creating and fostering partnerships and stakeholder engagement through education, outreach, and collaboration. Grants will range from $15,000-$50,0000 and are supported by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and administered under DEC's Mohawk River Watershed Grants program.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Effects of Sea Level Rise (ESLR) Technical Assistance

Deadline: March 15, 2023 (Full Proposal)

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OAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)/Competitive Research Program (CRP)  is soliciting proposals for the Effects of Sea Level Rise Program (ESLR) Technical Assistance. ESLR is a multidisciplinary research program that emphasizes the use of integrated models and tools of dynamic physical and biological processes capable of evaluating vulnerability and resilience of our coasts under multiple sea level rise (SLR), inundation, and management scenarios to inform coastal restoration, land management, and planning activities. This funding aims to support approaches capable of evaluating the performance of natural and conventional flood mitigation projects and policy changes to subsequently inform the development of applications to other granting programs that can support the flood mitigation projects and planning exercises. The term mature references that the model must be capable of providing the capacity requested without further advancement or substantial data collection. NCCOS/CRP may reject any proposals submitted with an annual budget that is greater than $250,000 for any year. 

Land and Water Conservation Fund: Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grants Program

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Deadline: May 31, 2023


ORLP is a nationally competitive program targeting grant assistance to help economically disadvantaged urban communities with no, or almost no, access to publicly available, close-by, outdoor recreation. Funds can be used for the acquisition and/or development of, or to substantially renovate obsolete, public parks and other outdoor recreation spaces. Projects are selected for funding by the Director of the NPS. Matching grants (1:1) are available to help acquire and/or develop public land for all manner of outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, camping, unstructured play, picnicking, cycling, field and court sports, fishing, bird watching, swimming, paddling, and skating. Funds can be used for directly recreational facilities as well as some supporting facilities and infrastructure such as restrooms/bathhouses, cabins, pool houses, lighting, parking areas, etc. when part of a larger project to develop recreation facilities.



Hudson Valley Greenway: Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program

Deadlines: February 3, May 5, September 1, November 3

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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.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: High Hazard Dam Repair Grants, Submission Deadline: February 10, 2023

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced $564,925 in grant funding (up to $100,000 per project) is now available to assist eligible dam owners with infrastructure repair costs. Funding is provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) High Hazard Potential Dam grant program. DEC is accepting applications for grants to assist with technical, planning, design, and other pre-construction activities associated with the rehabilitation of eligible dams classified as High Hazard dams.

EPA Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program (Rolling)

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EPA announced $6.5 Billion in New Funding Available for Water Infrastructure Projects and released notices of funding availability for the agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the State Infrastructure Financing Authority WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. Letters of interest will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. If you're interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting with the WIFIA program to explore this funding opportunity, please reach out to wifia@epa.gov. Visit the WIFIA website to learn more about the WIFIA program's eligibility requirements, and benefits, application process, and portfolio. Also, check out the WIFIA Fund Facts Dashboard.

River Network: Community Leadership Programs for Climate Resilience

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River Network is looking to launch 5-7 NEW Community-Led Research (CLR) projects and Leadership Development (LD) programs in partnership with local organizations. Selected organizations receive up to $8,000 in funding and direct technical assistance to advance their project. We are particularly interested in partnering with organizations that are: 1. working to advance climate resilience, 2. focused on equitable outcomes and a credible stakeholder with communities that are at greatest risk, and 3. able to leverage or contribute to existing climate resilience initiatives.

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.

Assistance from EPA’s Municipal Ombudsman

The Office of the Municipal Ombudsman provides a unique service specifically for utilities/municipalities in identifying technical assistance opportunities, brainstorming federal funding options (BIL and more!), clean water act flexibilities, integrated planning assistance, and more. Please reach out to municipalombudsman@epa.gov or 202-564-1709 to discuss your projects, permits, or other clean water concerns today.

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