Thursday, September 23, 2010

New York Great Lakes Restoration Grants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced grants totaling $20 million in New York State under the Great Lakes Restoration initiative. The grant recipients include tribes, state and local agencies, non-profit organizations, and colleges and universities. Among the project funded in New York are:

Be Green in the Great Lakes. This project will encourage homeowners and land care providers to adopt organic land care practices that reduce water use and avoid the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will initiate an education and outreach program that will disseminate brochures and web content, hold training sessions, and introduce NYSDEC's "Be Green Organic Yards NY" program. Grant recipient is the NYSDEC. Grant amount is $315,223.

Buffalo River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration – Riverbend. This project will result in the design, implementation, and monitoring of a restoration project at the Riverbend site on the Buffalo River. This is a former industrial site and these efforts will help restore the area's natural habitat. The work will include 2,800 feet of river bank enhancement, plus 6.3 acres of floodplain habitat restoration. Tasks include river bank regrading to reduce soil erosion, planting native trees and shrubs, and removal of invasive plant species. Two years of vegetation surveys and monitoring will then occur. Grant recipient is the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Grant amount is $657,245.

St. Lawrence River Area of Concern and St. Lawrence River Sturgeon Restoration. The first project will focus on four beneficial use impairments (restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption, degradation of fish and wildlife populations, bird/animal deformities or reproductive problems, and loss of fish and wildlife habitat) in the St. Lawrence River, near Massena, NY. The project will monitor furbearers, turtles and birds, and conduct tissue analysis of wildlife to assist decision-makers considering restrictions on wildlife consumption. Grant amount is $1,229,415. The second project will advance efforts to restore Lake Sturgeon in the St. Lawrence River by investigating suitable spawning habitat, water quality, and causes of reproductive failure. Project amount is $723,107. Grant recipient is the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

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