Lecture Series

Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s 2022-2023 monthly breakfast lecture series focuses on grant funding and technical assistance programs available to implement watershed projects. Each month features presentations on a specific opportunity, along with a local implementation case study.

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Upcoming events:

Dam Removal Case Studies

Thursday, December 8, 8:30-9:30 AM
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3yuX6SF-SBGRn083OgXJ3g

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program provides grant funding to dam owners that are interested in removing their dam. Dam removal is a river restoration strategy that can reconnect stream habitat, improve water quality, and reduce flooding hazards. This can be an expensive and complex process that involves close collaboration with NYS DEC regulatory staff.

Michael Fraatz, Biologist from NYS DEC Bureau of Ecosystem Health, will discuss the 2021 removal of a historic dam within the Moodna Creek in the Village of Washingtonville, NY. He will review the work plan between the applicant and agency staff, compliance monitoring during removal, and restoration of impacted areas post-construction.

Suzette Lopane, Landscape Architect from Westchester County, will share information on their work removing barriers on the Furnace Brook in Westchester County. The Maiden Lane Dam is no longer compliant with the latest standards for dam safety. Defunct small dams such as this one are at risk of breaching due to deterioration with age, especially since significant development within watersheds has increased impervious surface area resulting in increased surface runoff, stormwater channeling and discharge during large precipitation events.

This program is supported by funding from the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with NEIWPCC.

Past events:

NYS EFC Green Innovation Grant Program & City of Poughkeepsie Projects

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | Recording

Brian Gyory from NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation presented on the Green Innovation Grant Program. The Green Innovation Grant Program supports projects across New York State that utilize unique EPA-designated green stormwater infrastructure design and create cutting-edge green technologies. Competitive grants are awarded annually to projects that improve water quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through the implementation of one or more of the following green practices: Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency and Environmental Innovation. More information on the grant program is available here: https://efc.ny.gov/gigp

Joe Bryant from the City of Poughkeepsie’s Finance Department shared details about two GIGP-funded stormwater projects. These include retrofitting a downtown municipal parking lot and installing rain gardens, bioretention, and trees in Malcolm X Park to provide green space in the city’s Northside neighborhood along the Fall Kill Creek.

This program is supported by funding from the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with NEIWPCC.

NYS DEC Climate Smart Communities Grants & Cayuga Creek Floodplain Restoration

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | Recording

Myra Fedyniak from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change presented on Climate Smart Communities Grants. The Climate Smart Communities Grant Program is a competitive 50/50 matching grant program for municipalities to implement projects focused on climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas mitigation. Project types also include certain planning and assessment projects that are part of a strategy to achieve Climate Smart Communities Certification.

Emily Root from Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper shared their work with the Town of Niagara to restore and reconnect the floodplain of the Cayuga Creek, with funding in part from the Climate Smart Communities Grant program. This project restores habitat, mitigates downstream flooding, and improves community access.

Resources shared during the presentation:
Climate Smart Communities Grant Program
Climate Smart Communities Grants Fact Sheet
2022 Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Request for Applications
Climate Smart Communities program and actions
Cayuga Creek Stream and Floodplain Restoration Project

This program is supported by funding from the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with NEIWPCC.

NYS DEC Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants & Oakdale Lake Water Assessment Project

Thursday, September 8, 2022 | Recording

Dana McClure from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice presented on Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants. The Office of Environmental Justice offers competitive grants to support and empower communities as they develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental issues, harms, and health hazards, build community consensus, set priorities, and improve public outreach and education.

Tamar Adler from Friends of Oakdale Lake also shared their experience receiving this grant to develop a comprehensive watershed assessment for Oakdale Lake in downtown Hudson, NY. The watershed assessment included water quality monitoring, modeling, and recommendations to improve the lake, which includes a public bathing beach.

Resources shared during the presentation:
– The Request for Applications from the 2021 round of the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants, which describes eligibility and other details
– The NYS Open Data website lists the Office of Environmental Justice’s past grant awards, since 2006
– A map of DEC’s Potential Environmental Justice Areas
– The DECInfo Locator Map also shows Potential Environmental Justice Areas and locations of past grant awards. Click on Public Involvement on the left side, click the box for Potential Environmental Justice Areas, and zoom in. If you’d like to see grant awards, select the box for OEJ Grants.
Friends of Oakdale Lake website
– PDF of the Oakdale Lake watershed assessment final report

This webinar series is supported by funding from the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with NEIWPCC.