State aid will ben­e­fit Hud­son River Es­tu­ary projects

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

State fund­ing to­tal­ing about $263,000 will go to­ward pro­tect­ing wa­ter qual­ity and habi­tats, con­serv­ing open space and in­creas­ing storm re­siliency in the Mid-Hud­son re­gion.

The money is from $441,000 awarded by the state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion for projects through­out the Hud­son River Es­tu­ary.

“The Hud­son River and its val­ley are crit­i­cal play­ers in the his­tory of New York,” state En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mis­sioner Basil Seg­gos said in a press re­lease. “The Hud­son River Es­tu­ary Pro­gram was cre­ated to en­sure that proud his­tory con­tin­ues ... by help­ing New York­ers en­joy, pro­tect and re­vi­tal­ize the river.”

The lo­cal grant re­cip­i­ents and the amounts they’re re­ceiv­ing are:

• Kingston — $24,500 to com­plete a com­mu­ni­ty­driven open-space plan to pre­serve, pro­tect, and en­hance nat­u­ral ar­eas.

“The plan will iden­tify and pri­or­i­tize green space, wa­ter and nat­u­ral re­sources, as well as parks, nat­u­ral, his­toric and cul­tural re­sources,” the press re­lease stated. “The plan will also pro­mote sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and serve as a frame­work for lan­duse plan­ning and pro­tec­tion.” • Mohonk Pre­serve — $47,440 to cre­ate a con­ser­va­tion plan for the Kleine Kill and Cox­ing Kill wa­ter­sheds on the Shawan­gunk Ridge.

The plan will eval­u­ate wa­ter qual­ity, iden­tify vul­ner­a­ble species, as­sess in­va­sive threats, determine the need for ri­par­ian buf­fers, as­sess the im­pact of cur­rent agri­cul­tural prac­tices and in­form the sit­ing of fu­ture trails and/or ed­u­ca­tional kiosks, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion.

• River­keeper — $50,000 for the en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog group to sup­port com­mu­nity science wa­terqual­ity projects through­out the Hud­son River Es­tu­ary that mon­i­tor fe­cal in­di­ca­tor bac­te­ria and sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of pro­to­cols to mon­i­tor al­gae and nu­tri­ents. The projects will fo­cus on Ul­ster, Dutchess, Orange, Put­nam, Rock­land and Westch­ester coun­ties.

• Siena Col­lege — $48,244 to de­velop col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search pri­or­i­ties and an ac­tion plan to help wa­ter­shed com­mu­ni­ties make science-based man­age­ment de­ci­sions for river trib­u­taries. The work is to ben­e­fit Ul­ster, Dutchess, Al­bany and Westch­ester coun­ties.

• Columbia County Land Con­ser­vancy — $43,067.

• Vas­sar Col­lege in Pough­keep­sie — $50,000.

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