In 2012, approximately $50,000 was awarded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Mohawk River Basin Program for the first grant program that specifically targeted projects within the Mohawk River watershed. This inaugural round of funding offered grants up to a maximum of $10,000 and were available to municipalities and not-for-profit corporations, with the stipulation that all projects be located within the boundaries of the Mohawk River watershed, facilitated implementation of the five goals and associated objectives of the Mohawk’s Action Agenda, and could be completed within one year of grant contract award. In all, six proposed projects were awarded grant funds and are described below:
- Bintz Conservation Easement – Schenectady County: Protection of approximately 117 acres of active, working farmland and associated natural areas within the Town of Glenville through a conservation easement.
- Niskayuna Waterfront Development – Schenectady County: Feasibility study to assess upgrades to Aqueduct Park. Study assessed the viability of building a community facility/boathouse on lands adjacent to the park, which would include improved public comfort stations and historic displays.
- Schoharie River Center – Schoharie and Montgomery Counties: Continuation of existing and expansion of volunteer Environmental Study Team program, targeting youth in grades 7-12, in at-risk, environmental justice areas, and instructing team members in conducting water quality monitoring activities in the Mohawk River watershed’s streams and tributaries.
- Schoharie County Recreation Map – Schoharie County: Development of an inventory of recreational opportunities within Schoharie County which will be developed and distributed in the form of a GIS-based web and paper map. http://www.schohariecounty-ny.gov/CountyWebSite/2013RecMap.pdf
- Mohawk Landings Park Connection – Albany County: Establishment of a trail connection from the Town of Colonie’s Mohawk Landings Park to the Colonie Bike Path and the Mohawk River to enhance opportunities for passive recreational opportunities.
- Along the Bike Trail Guides – Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery Counties: Research, writing, printing and distribution of guide books for use of the Mohawk River Bike/Hike Trail in Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery Counties.