The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) yesterday announced more than $200,000 in Mohawk River watershed grants for six projects.
According to the DEC, the grants, funded by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, will help to improve water quality, promote resiliency, and create recreational opportunities for watershed communities, all goals outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda.
“The Mohawk River is a valuable environmental and economic treasure to upstate New York, and these grants will help advance critical projects to preserve and protect the health of the river and its watershed,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “This is the fourth year that DEC has offered grants to support important local projects in the Mohawk River watershed.”
Among the awarded organizations is Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with their Ninemile Creek Natural Channel Design Stream Bank Stabilization Project.
The SWCD, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will stabilize 200 feet of the southern bank of Ninemile Creek to restore the stream bank and reduce downstream sedimentation through creation of a natural, self-maintaining stable stream that will improve aquatic habitat.