“Wetlands play a critical role in alleviating the harmful effects of climate change, protecting against flooding and storm surges," EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said. "These grants will help strengthen shorelines and the health of wetlands, protecting water quality and fish and wildlife habitats."
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe won a $212,156 grant, which it will use to create water quality criteria wetlands in the areas under its authority. These standards will include acceptable uses of the wetlands, criteria set so that those uses promote human and environmental health and measures to protect the wetlands from pollutants.
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will use its $155,337 grant to analyze the wetlands and stream networks under its management and determine how storm water can potentially affect them.
The Research Foundation of SUNY at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry earned a $323,447 grant to better understand the importance of vernal pools, or temporary bodies of water often found in forests, to the local environment.