New York

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Delaware River Restoration Fund Project Impact Assessments for Phase 2 – ANS Modeling (DE, NJ, NY, PA)
Deploy novel, high-resolution modeling techniques to quantify the positive impact of DRWI-associated restoration projects. Project will collaborate with the FieldDoc development team to develop and implement a series of Application Program Interfaces that enable DRWI grantees to run geospatial queries on project areas and model annual pollutant load reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reduced as a result of project implementation.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Removing Brook Trout Passage Barrier and Restoring Stream Habitat in the Upper Tonawanda Creek (NY)
Address impairments to habitat for native and naturalized Eastern Brook Trout and to improve the conditions of the surrounding riparian forest corridor by installing riparian plantings within the floodplain, replacing an undersized and degraded culvert with a climate-adaptive culvert and installing stream grade controls. Project will restore passage and expanded spawning habitat for brook trout and other aquatic species and enhance 3.7 miles of riparian habitat.

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Designing a Buffalo Creek Floodplain Reconnection in the Town of West Seneca (NY)
Provide technical oversight and coordination for analysis, field study and preliminary design of a reconnected floodplain on Buffalo Creek in West Seneca, New York, upstream of the flood-prone Lexington Green community, to mitigate flooding, improve resiliency throughout the community and downstream, and provide beneficial habitat for native species. Project will use nature-based solutions to mitigate flooding while providing for greater resiliency of the waterway, community and native habitat.

Canaan Valley Institute
Coordinating Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Strategies and Goals (multiple states)
Continue the activities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture in the historic range of the species. Project will refine the strategic objectives and key conservation priorities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture using the results of the recently completed status assessment of wild brook trout at the catchment scale.

Catskill Mountainkeeper
Protecting Eastern Brook Trout Habitat through Invasive Management in the Beaverkill Valley (NY)
Leverage a unique partnership of state, local and academic stakeholders to employ research-based best management practices and implement novel eDNA tools to combat hemlock woolly adelgid forest pest and maintain trout habitat and recreation opportunities at a popular public access site in the Beaverkill Valley. Project will develop tools that represent a tremendous gain in the effort to control hemlock woolly adelgid and will be transferable to other terrestrial invasive species programs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Marine Meadows Eelgrass Restoration for Long Island Sound (NY)
Restore eelgrass, build public awareness and engage volunteers in restoration in the waters of Long Island Sound along eastern Long Island, New York. Project will plant eelgrass marine meadows to reduce wave action, stabilize the sea floor and trap sediment to maintain the integrity of local shorelines and improve water quality.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
New York Fleet Wide Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting and Education Initiative
Execute an electronic reporting education program for New York commercial fishermen to raise awareness and knowledge of the existing “eTrips” and “Fish Online” electronic reporting programs. Project will engage 240 commercial fishermen through outreach and education to become proficient in the submission of electronic vessel trip reports, enhancing the speed and quality of fisheries dependent data.

Delaware River Basin Commission
Water Management Studies to Inform Basin-wide Resource Planning (DE, NJ, NY, PA)
Advance research in water management through completion of three studies focusing on water quality, contaminants of emerging concern and future water availability. Project will be used for planning efforts including consideration of future water supply projects, wastewater assimilative capacity, evaluation of pass-by flows, conservation releases, consumptive use mitigation triggers, freshwater flow needs to address sea-level rise and potential flow targets.

Long Island Community Foundation
Delivery of the Long Island Sound Community Stewardship Fund Program – III (CT, NY)
Deliver the Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund of the Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative (LISFC) in the Long Island Sound Study boundaries of Connecticut and New York. Project will enhance the partnership between LISFC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency around the common mission of restoring and protecting the health and living resources of the Sound based upon the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

Managing American Oystercatchers and Minimizing Coastal Engineering Impacts Along the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Coordinate the American oystercatcher recovery initiative, implement best management practices for disturbance and predation management along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast of Florida and develop long-term improvements in coastal engineering protocols to restore habitats critical to focal shorebird species. Project will support the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan by creating a framework for long-term protection, restoration and creation of shorebird habitat at key sites.

National Audubon Society
Avian Monitoring and Evaluation for the Sustain our Great Lakes Program (multiple states)
Assist in monitoring NFWF’s impact on migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and marsh-nesting birds for NFWF’s Sustain our Great Lakes Program.

National Audubon Society
Improving Forest Management to Benefit Birds in Upper Allegheny and Sinnemahoning Watersheds (NY, PA)
Scale up previous efforts in the Sinnemahoning and Upper Allegheny watersheds of Pennsylvania and New York to implement strategies that improve habitat in large forest blocks. Project will educate 1,500 landowners about forest management, connect Audubon-trained foresters with 20 of those landowners, provide financial assistance to loggers doing cost-prohibitive harvests and restore 500 acres of young and mature forest habitat for golden-winged warbler, cerulean warbler and wood thrush.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Advancing Urban Wetland and Watershed Conservation through Stewardship (NY)
Expand the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Super Steward/Shorekeeper network. Project will care for at least 6 acres of natural area, as well as street trees and rain gardens in six priority watersheds in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary and Long Island Sound.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Using Whole-Room Ultraviolet Light to Reduce Impact of White-Nose Syndrome (MI, NJ, NY)
Test the efficacy of using whole-room ultra-violet (UV) light treatment on the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in 10 mines that host hibernating populations of little brown bats in Michigan, New Jersey and New York. Project will test the ability of commercially available technology to benefit bats by killing or slowing growth of the fungus in summer, when bats are not present.

Sullivan County
Neversink Watershed Management Plan (NY)
Develop a Neversink Watershed Management Plan, hold a citizen science event and develop a walking trail along a section of the O&W Rail Trail in the Neversink Watershed, New York. Project will emphasize the community benefits of management, protection and on-the-ground restoration projects to ensure the necessary broad support from elected officials, landowners, businesses and other watershed stakeholders.

Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District of New York
Expanding Nutrient Management Across the Headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay (NY, PA)
Improve water quality across agricultural and urban landscapes within the Headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in New York and Pennsylvania. Project will develop agricultural nutrient management plans to improve nitrogen and phosphorous management on farmland and urban nutrient management plans to minimize adverse environmental effects.

Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District of New York
Watershed Approach to Stream Corridor Restoration (NY, PA)
Address water quality, stormwater retention, habitat restoration and watershed resiliency on a small subwatershed scale. Project will provide citizen stewardship opportunities and result in 57,439 pounds of sediment, 28 pounds phosphorus and 177 pounds of nitrogen being avoided annually.

Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District of New York
Expanding Partnerships and Building Capacity in the Chemung River Subbasin (NY)
Build capacity to accelerate implementation of water improvement projects in the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed. Project will build partnership capacity by supporting partners’ work and assisting them with the development of a strategic plan.

Town of Brookhaven
Developing a Restoration Design for Degraded Saltmarshes of Southern Mastic Beach (NY)
Develop final designs to restore 147 acres of degraded saltmarsh in Mastic Beach, New York, back to a natural floodplain to reduce flooding to neighboring communities and increase natural habitats and ecological diversity. Project will finalize plans and obtain all permits to remove a coastal road and create new habitats to reduce flooding, remove invasive plants and replant with native species, and communicate predicted sea-level flooding to Mastic residents.

Trout Unlimited
Replacing Culvert to Reopen Brook Trout Habitat in Wylie Brook Watershed (NY)
Replace an undersized culvert in Coventry, New York that is blocking trout passage. Project will open 2.8 miles of high quality habitat, expanding the brook trout stronghold.

Trout Unlimited
Willowemoc Trout Habitat Improvement (NY)
Implement larger scale stream restoration projects to enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, help with flood mitigation and contribute to the health of the fisheries in the watershed. Project will complement ongoing and focused efforts to expand and secure native and wild trout strongholds, completing restoration activities targeting channel instability, loss of floodplain connectivity and degradation of instream habitat in these important trout waters.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Preventing Human Disturbance of Atlantic Flyway Shorebirds – III (multiple states)
Address the threat of disturbance to red knot, American oystercatcher and whimbrel by implementing Community Based Social Marketing strategies for human disturbance reduction, developing a shorebird disturbance reduction toolkit for land managers and disseminating the results throughout the Atlantic Flyway shorebird network. Project will develop scalable conservation strategies that can be applied to change human behavior and improve shorebird survival and reproductive success.