The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing funding for projects throughout the Mohawk River Watershed – four of which are in the Mohawk Valley.
Below is a list of local projects, and how much funding was awarded:
Village of Dolgeville: North Main Street Floodplain Creation and Preservation Project: $100,000
- The village of Dolgeville will develop design documents to establish a dedicated floodplain. The project will identify residential properties damaged during the 2019 Halloween floods to be removed and dedicated to floodplain establishment. Once completed, the design documents will be utilized to obtain funding for project implementation.
Trout Unlimited: Big Creek Stream Restoration and Flood Mitigation Project: $100,000
- In partnership with the town of Marshall, village of Waterville, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District, Trout Unlimited will work to stabilize and restore approximately 1,000 feet of stream bank. Several stream restoration assessments are being developed to help alleviate flooding in certain areas. The grant will support the design, permits, and implementation of this effort.
Utica Zoological Society: Beavers, Wetlands and Watershed Protection: $54,868
- This project will design and implement a water education program focusing on watershed protection and the role beaver ponds and wetlands play in flood control and creating healthy ecosystems. Programs will take place at the Utica Zoo’s Conservation Education Center, Beaversprite, in Oppenheim in Fulton County, and include family programs, arts integration camp, and resources and tools for local teachers.
Town of Whitestown: Phase 2 – Sauquoit Creek Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project: $85,000
- This grant will assist the town of Whitestown in Phase 2 of the greater Sauquoit Creek Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project, which consists of construction of 12 floodplain benches along the Sauquoit Creek to connect the creek to its natural floodplain.