$500,000 is available in funding for Round 5 of the Mohawk River Watershed Grants Program. Grant awards ranging from $15,000 to $100,000 are available for the Project Types listed below. All projects must have defined measurable outcomes or deliverables that can be completed within two years of contract approval AND be located within the geographic boundaries of the Mohawk River watershed.
Project Type 1: Flood Hazard Risk Reduction and Enhanced Flood Resiliency
Applicants may apply for projects that will promote flood hazard risk reduction and enhanced flood resiliency of Mohawk River watershed communities. Eligible projects are:
- Inventory and map critical infrastructure and facility assets and assess options to reduce flood risk. Assessment of options to mitigate risk may include: adaptation, relocation, building, decommissioning, or innovative approaches to reduce flood risk. Assessment of options must include a detailed cost-benefit analysis as well as identification of any environmental benefits and/or trade-offs, such as impacts to water quality and habitat.
- Projects, including project plans and conceptual designs, or actions recommended in the Milone and MacBroom, Inc (MMI) Emergency Transportation Infrastructure Recovery Water Basin Assessment(s) and Flood Hazard Mitigation Alternatives (April 2014), Bellinger Brook Watershed Analysis Report (May 2018), and Flood Mitigation Study - Schoharie Watershed (April 2017) as listed below:
- Bellinger Brook at the Village of Herkimer, Herkimer County
- Bellinger Brook Watershed, Herkimer County
- East Canada Creek, Herkimer County
- Fulmer Creek, Herkimer County
- Maltanner Creek, Herkimer County
- Moyer Creek, Herkimer County
- Nowadaga Creek, Herkimer County
- Steele Creek, Herkimer County
- West Canada Creek, Herkimer County
- Otsquago Creek, Montgomery County
- Big Creek, Oneida County
- Mud Creek, Oneida County
- Oriskany Creek, Oneida County
- Sauquoit Creek, Oneida County
- Schoharie Watershed: Schoharie, Albany, Montgomery, Otsego and Schenectady Counties (eligible projects must be in the portion of the Schoharie Watershed located within the boundaries of the Mohawk River watershed)
Project Type 2: Environmental Education, Stewardship and Community Engagement
Applicants may apply for projects that improve stewardship of the Mohawk River watershed through creating and fostering partnerships and stakeholder engagement through education, outreach and collaboration. Projects may include development of plans, purchase of equipment, development of web sites or mobile phone apps, and/or construction or physical improvements, as described under “eligible projects.” Note that the word “plan” is deemed too broadly include: plans, feasibility studies, designs and related permitting activities, etc. Eligible projects are:
- Community-based environmental education programs that enhance education about the Mohawk River and its watershed and which make opportunities to learn about the Mohawk River and its watershed more accessible for a wide range of people.
- Development or expansion of Mohawk River watershed-based curricula and educational materials; development of programs such as festivals, recreational events, or art installations that promote the natural, cultural, recreational and historic resources of the Mohawk River watershed.
- Projects on or in sight of the shoreline of the Mohawk River to plan, design, equip and/or construct facilities (including signage, exhibits and art installations) to be used for education of family, tourists and residents so that they may learn about the Mohawk River watershed and understand its value and the benefits it provides, and which encourage active engagement in stewardship of the Mohawk River and its watershed or to undertake related citizen science projects.
- The purchase, construction, or repair of vessels or vehicles specifically used as floating or mobile classrooms with education programming purposely focused on watershed ecology, natural history, and water quality. Such projects should strive to be inclusive of individuals with diverse needs and abilities.
- Creation of web applications for engaging the use of the internet, mobile devices or social media designed to expand the audience for science-based information about the natural history of the Mohawk River watershed, promote a natural-history-based sense of place, and engage users in stewardship of the Mohawk River and its watershed. Such projects should strive to be inclusive of individuals with diverse needs and abilities.
Project Type 3: Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management
Applicants may apply for projects that seek to conserve, protect or enhance fish, wildlife and associated aquatic and riparian habitats in the Mohawk River watershed. Eligible projects are:
- Inventory, monitor and assess the condition of important fish, wildlife and habitat resources; define functional relationships between these resources (e.g. species population, community, ecosystem) and key drivers/stressors such as temperature, discharges, and water quality at the watershed, river, tributary or reach levels. Project may include process-oriented research on trophic pathways, food webs and important interactions.
- Survey, classify and inventory the quality of habitats within the Mohawk River watershed, prioritizing those in need of either protection (high-quality and threatened) or restoration (impaired). Creation of restoration or protection plan(s) and long-term monitoring program(s) for these habitats that assess the effectiveness and functional benefits of restoration or protection measures on targeted resources.
- Management and control of aquatic or terrestrial invasive species in the watershed through implementation of achievable and targeted invasive species management and eradication projects. Projects will require development and approval of an Invasive Species Management Plan that includes using a modeling program for success called IPMDAT (www.ipmdat.org). In addition, partners will also be required to use iMap Invasives for treatment reports for historical and reference purposes to monitor future outcomes of dollars spent.
- Conduct a natural resource inventory (NRI) that compiles, describes, and maps important natural resources in a municipality, county, watershed, or region. The NRI can be a stand-alone municipal plan or be included in a municipal comprehensive plan, open space plan, conservation plan, or a watershed plan. An NRI may include scenic and cultural resources as long as natural resources are fully covered by the NRI. Communities may choose which resources are included in the inventory or plan; however, to be eligible for this RFA, inventories/plans must include the following:
- Water resources;
- Habitats and wildlife; and
- Natural areas important for climate resilience.
- Develop a connectivity plan that identifies opportunities and strategies for acquiring lands and waters to preserve important connections for wildlife habitat, stream corridors, large forests, and overall ecological resiliency. The project should be science-based and include at least two municipalities, or a municipality with a conservation partner such as a land trust.
Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to use or refer to New York State’s Local Open Space Planning Guide (http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/publications/Local_Open_Space_Planning_Guide.pdf), and if applicable, should refer to any existing municipal inventories or plans that will provide foundations for the grant project, or which are proposed to be updated. Applications should also include a process for public participation and/or education to engage stakeholders and build support for implementation.