Faso Highlights Opening of Grant Application Process for Delaware Watershed Conservation Efforts

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Washington, August 7, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today highlighted the opening of the grant process for the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. The competitive grant program will provide funding for stakeholders committed to supporting the protection, restoration, and conservation of fish and wildlife habitats in the Delaware River Watershed. The watershed provides drinking water for over 15 million people in the region.

“The Delaware River Basin is a critical natural resource for Upstate New York, and I am committed to doing what I can to contribute to its conservation and restoration,” said Faso. “In Congress, I’ve been a persistent advocate for this funding. This competitive grant fund will go a long way toward ensuring our most precious natural resources and drinking water are clean and safe for Upstate families.”

Congress provided grant funding to support the implementation of conservation projects outlined in the Delaware River Basin Restoration Partnership and Program Framework. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will be partnering to implement the project.

For the past two years, Congressman Faso has formally advocated for funding to support the implementation of the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. In spring 2017, Congressman Faso visited the Sands Creek restoration project which was coordinated by the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) in Hancock, NY. This river restoration has been a significant conservation success and illustrates the type of initiative that can be funded through the newly announced grant program.

The request for grant proposals is now open and applications are due on September 27, 2018.

Additional Background as provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF):

Through the DWCF, NFWF will award Conservation Action Grants to nonprofit organizations; federal, state, interstate and local governments; Indian tribes; and educational institutions to implement on-the-ground restoration and conservation projects that achieve the goals of the framework. Projects also will engage and equip the public to:

  • Support coordinated restoration and protection
  • Facilitate resilience of natural systems
  • Increase scientific knowledge, monitoring and research needed for successful project implementation
  • Provide technical assistance for restoration and conservation
  • Conserve areas of regional significance in the Delaware River Watershed.

NFWF will administer an annual competitive grant solicitation and selection process, working closely with the FWS and an advisory team comprised of federal, state, interstate and local government agency representatives, nonprofits and other leading experts.

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