In New York, funding to help restore habitats for American eel, river herring

River herring. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced funding totaling $910,631 for seven projects to help reduce localized flooding and restore aquatic habitats in tributary streams of the Hudson River Estuary, according to a release by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

This funding further expands state efforts to enhance resiliency and improve river ecosystems and quality of life in the region. To date, the DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program has awarded 479 grants totaling $18.7 million in shoreline protection and natural resources conservation and improvement projects for communities.

The grants will help Hudson communities plan for dam removal and culvert replacement projects to restore aquatic habitat for American eel and river herring – ocean species that migrate into the estuary and then into streams to spawn or complete their life cycle. Removing these stream barriers also will benefit resident fish such as trout and will help communities with existing and projected impacts of localized flooding by removing constrictions, the DEC said in the release.

Funding is provided by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and is administered under DEC’s 2017 Hudson River Estuary Grants Program in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

— New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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