$1 million in Grants Available for Culvert and Dam Removal Projects in Hudson Tributaries

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News from the Hudson River Estuary Program

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency: Request for Applications
 Deadline: April 6, 2017 at 3 p.m.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of the 2017 competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants Program for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency to help communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed improve water quality, increase flood resiliency, and conserve natural resources.

Shapp Pond dam removal

(Photo: Removal of Shapp Pond Dam on East Branch Wappingers Creek which restored habitat for American eel.)

These grants will help communities remove dams or replace or right-size culverts to improve stream flow and to restore habitat connectivity in tributary streams of the estuary. Removal of these barriers and constrictions also will help with existing and projected impacts of localized flooding.

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency grants will fund three specific project types: construction projects to  remove dams; engineering and planning to remove dams; and construction projects to remove/ right-size culverts.

To be eligible, projects must conserve or restore habitat connectivity for American eel or river herring in tributary streams of the Hudson River estuary watershed. Projects also must be designed to pass, at a minimum, a 1% annual chance storm (100-year flood) to promote flood resiliency.

The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum is $1,000,000. To view the Tributary Restoration and Resiliency RFA, please visit the NYS Grants Gateway. For more information about this funding opportunity please visit DEC's website.