Stream management funding available in Ashokan Watershed, application due by June 27


Stream management funding available in Ashokan Watershed, application due by June 27

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) is making funding available this summer for government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and universities to implement stream projects in the Ashokan Reservoir watershed. The Ashokan watershed includes the upper Esopus Creek and Bushkill streams. The program provides grant funding for stream-related education, planning, flood mitigation, infrastructure, and restoration projects. Approximately $350,000 is available this funding round. Applications are due by Thursday, June 27. The AWSMP has awarded over $7.8 million for stream and floodplain management projects in the Ashokan watershed since the grant program began in 2009. The grant program is currently funding 16 projects in the watershed towns of Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock, and Hunter to improve community resilience to flooding and protect stream health and function. For more information on Stream Management Implementation Program (SMIP) grants and application materials, visit

Funding for the SMIP grant program is provided by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and managed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. The Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical assistance. The program’s overall goal is to protect and enhance water quality, natural stream stability, and ecosystem health.

For more information about the AWSMP, visit, call 845-688-3047, or email

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From left to right, Eric Hofmeister, Highway Superintendent, Town of Shandaken, Adam Doan, Stream Project Manager, Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Brian Drumm, Biologist, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, meet at a future stream project site in the Town of Shandaken. Photo by the AWSMP.