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Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP) - Restoration of Watershed Connectivity and Improved Road Infrastructure

Grants to New York Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies and
IHEs for Watershed Management Programs in Eligible Areas

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New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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07/30/21 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to New York government agencies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities, and academic institutions to develop environmental plans in eligible locations. Funding is intended to restore aquatic habitat connectivity of select species, reduce localized flood risks, and improve conditions on Hudson River Estuary tributaries. Eligible projects are located within the Hudson River Estuary watershed, from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Verazzano Narrows. Projects must involve at least two municipalities.

The RFP is for proposals to create and secure adoption of municipal management plans that:

  • Document barriers to fish movement such as dams and culverts that have been identified following the protocol of the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC),
  • Document constrictions that cause flooding at culverts and bridges,
  • Prioritize sites for mitigation of these environmental impacts, and
  • Add priority sites into municipal hazard mitigation plans, highway department capital plans, and/or comprehensive plans, where feasible. 

A successful project will engage at least two municipalities. The project will also develop at least three conceptual (30%) construction designs for priority sites for each municipality. The designs must focus on priority sites for flood mitigation and/or habitat. At least two must be focused on high-quality stream habitat for fish passage, per municipality. Ultimately, NEIWPCC anticipates these projects will lead to on-the-ground infrastructure projects that replace culverts and bridges with better structures that accomplish aquatic passage and reduced flood risk goals.

Neighboring municipalities are encouraged to work together to plan on a watershed scale, especially if they share a tributary to the Hudson in common. Although that is not required, extra points will be awarded in the scoring. Selection of municipalities sites for plans and sites for design will also be evaluated in the scoring on the degree to which they offer the potential for both ecological and flood resiliency benefits. 

Awarded funds may be used for expenses specifically related to the proposed project, including wages and consultant fees. Expendable and non-expendable equipment directly related to the proposed project may qualify for funding but requires pre-approval (prior to proposal submission) by NEIWPCC and must be justified in the proposal.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186244

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It is anticipated that one project will be supported to develop plans for two or more municipalities, which include three or more conceptual designs for each municipality (at least six conceptual designs total).

Term of Contract:

Although the project start date is anticipated to be on or about September 17, 2021, this date may change based on the time the actual agreement is established. Projects must have a completion date no later than December 31, 2022. The project should take no more than 14 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: federal (non-EPA), state, local, or tribal government agencies; interstate agencies; private non-profit organizations and institutions; for-profit organizations; and academic or educational institutions. Partnerships are allowed.

If an applicant is not a municipality, a letter of support from the impacted municipality(ies) within the study is required.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Informational Pre-Proposal Virtual Meeting will be held on June 30, 2021, at 10:00 am.

If you want to participate in the meeting, please send a
request to participate to Megan Lung by 12:00 PM on June 23, 2021(see details in Contact Information, below).

Pre-Application Information:

- Informational Pre-Proposal Virtual Meeting: June 30, 2021, 11:00 am
- Proposals Due to NEIWPCC: July 23, 2021, 12:00 PM (noon)
- Proposers Notified of Funding Decisions (subject to change): August 13, 2021
- Detailed Project Work Plans Due: August 27, 2021
- Anticipated Project Start Date (subject to change): September 17, 2021
- Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP): To be completed prior to data collection activities
- Quarterly Reports: 10th of the month following each quarter’s close
Final Report and Deliverables Due to NEIWPCC: December 31, 2022

Although cost share or match is not required, projects providing non-federal cost share or match will receive favorable consideration over projects without cost share or match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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To submit questions or indicate interest in participating in the information meeting, please contact Megan Lung at

For questions regarding the submittal of proposals, contact Peter Zaykoski, NEIWPCC, at or (978) 349-2522.

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USA: New York: The project must be within the Hudson River Estuary watershed, from the Federal Dam at Troy to the Verazzano Narrows.

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