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NYS DEC Funding to Improve Water Quality, Bolster Flood Resiliency in Hudson River Estuary Watershed
Deadline: April 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Approximately $1,000,000 in grant funding is available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed improve water quality, increase flood resiliency, and conserve natural resources. The funding is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and is administered under DEC's 2017 Hudson River Estuary Grants Program for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency. To be eligible for this funding, projects must conserve and restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in the tributary streams of the Hudson River estuary watershed. Projects must also be designed to pass, at a minimum, a one percent annual chance storm (100-year flood) to promote flood resiliency. Priority will be given to dam removal projects that are in close proximity to the Hudson, because of their importance for improving habitat for American eel and river herring. Engineering and planning projects for removal of dams and for right-sizing of culverts affecting eel or herring migration anywhere in the estuary watershed are also eligible for funding. A map of identified and prioritized barriers can be viewed at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/99489.html. The minimum grant award is $10,500 and the maximum award is $1,000,000. The DEC Hudson River Estuary Program 2017 Request for Applications (RFA) is available online through the NYS Grants Gateway at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov. General information about these grants are also available on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html. Completed grant applications must be submitted online through the Grants Gateway by 3 p.m. on April 6, 2017. General questions about the Hudson River Estuary grants application process may be directed to Susan Pepe, DEC's Estuary Grants Manager, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3506; HREPgrants@dec.ny.gov.

Restoration of Watershed Connectivity Request for Proposals
Due: April 14, 2017
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), in cooperation with DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, is inviting proposals for projects that will help restore aquatic habitat connectivity for herring and eel, and reduce localized flood risks and conditions on Hudson River estuary tributaries. Approximately $200,000 is available. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on April 14, 2017. The grant opportunity will fund three project types: field assessments of culverts and bridges where a public road crosses a stream; development of a municipal management plan for prioritizing and mitigating documented aquatic barriers (dams, bridges and culverts) with at least one 100% shovel-ready design for mitigation; and, 100% shovel-ready engineering designs for mitigating culverts that are barriers to fish migration at priority road-stream crossings. To view and apply for this Request for Proposals, visit the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission website. More information also is available on the Funding Opportunities for the Hudson River Estuary page on DEC's website.

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