Funding Opportunity: Watershed Resiliency Management Request for Proposals (RFP) announced

While there has been significant improvement in water quality, many water resource challenges exist in the watershed of the Hudson River Estuary. Overlaid on all these challenges are the relatively unpredictable influences of climate change on precipitation. Potential impacts include flooding, drought, and degraded water quality. Recent storms Irene, Lee, and Sandy have clearly highlighted our vulnerability to flooding. Communities can take steps to adapt and improve watershed resiliency to reduce damage to property, infrastructure, and the environment.

Our primary objective is to support projects that involve planning and implementing climate change adaptation strategies for water resources and water infrastructure, especially in the face of increased flooding and intense precipitation. This can be done through a variety of mechanisms, including, but not limited to the following examples: barrier mitigation, riparian restoration and protection, green infrastructure to manage stormwater, watershed management, land use plans/policies/guidelines, water quality assessment and monitoring, water and economy. The project should be designed and implemented in partnership with the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and promote collaboration among state, county, local, and non-profit sectors.

To view the announcement for the details on eligibility, proposal requirements, funding and submission deadlines, please

· Ms. Susy King, NEIWPCC, at (978) 349-2506 or [email protected]

· Ms. Alene Onion, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, at (518) 402-8166 or [email protected]