New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced yesterday that $1.4 million in grant funding is available to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed, Jamaica Bay, Long Island Sound, Peconic Estuary, and South Shore Estuary Reserve watersheds improve water quality, increase flood resiliency, and conserve natural resources.
“At Governor Cuomo’s direction, DEC is committed to bolstering the resiliency of New York’s communities and we are making this vision a reality with these grants,” Commissioner Seggos said.
“With this funding, local communities are creating a more sustainable environment and protecting and preserving New York’s natural resources, while also increasing resiliency to extreme weather and flooding on Long Island, in Westchester County and New York City, and throughout the Hudson River Valley.”
The funding is provided by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and is administered under the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) 2018 Hudson River Estuary Grants Program for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency and Marine Habitat Tributary Restoration and Resiliency Grants.
The Tributary Restoration and Resiliency grants will help remove dams to restore aquatic habitat connectivity for American eel and/or river herring found in tributary streams of New York estuaries.