Nearly $146,000 in Hudson River Estuary Program grants will be awarded for 17 projects in the Hudson River Watershed, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. These grants, funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will facilitate the implementation of the goals and targets of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda 2010-2014.

“The grants announced today will help local partners with projects designed to improve the Hudson River and work toward making it a swimmable and fishable waterway,” said Commissioner Martens. “We’re pleased that this is the eleventh year that DEC has offered these grants to support local projects that help preserve and protect the Estuary and its natural habitat.”

The Action Agenda is a forward-looking plan, developed with significant community participation, to revitalize and sustain the Hudson River and its valley for the benefit of all of its residents. The Agenda is carried out by the Hudson River Estuary Program and its partners to achieve real progress for the region. The Action Agenda charts a course to:

  • Ensure clean water
  • Protect and restore fish, wildlife and their habitats
  • Provide water recreation and river access
  • Adapt to climate change
  • Conserve our world famous scenery

Over the past 14 years, the DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program awarded 388 grants to municipalities and not-for-profits from Troy to NYC totaling $12,986,418.

The Hudson River Estuary Program is a project of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. Helping people enjoy, protect and revitalize the Hudson River and its Valley. For more information, visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html.

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