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March 15, 2014

Schoharie County gets $70K for flood training

Schoharie County will receive more than $70,000 in emergency training as part of a package of state aid designed to help communities cope with flooding, according to a media release from the governor’s office. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $640,000 package of grants on Wednesday, which he said would help increase resiliency in the Mohawk River basin. 

“Extreme and frequent weather events have forced us to re-imagine New York for a new reality,” Cuomo said in the release. “That is why the state has prioritized a strategy to transform New York’s infrastructure, transportation networks, energy supply, emergency management, and coastal protection plans.” 

A $71,800 package will go to the Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservation District for 10 post-flood emergency stream intervention training workshops throughout the regino. According to the media release, the training will provide technical, educational and organizational support to municipalities and other entities to conduct post-flood responses in an environmentally sensitive manner. 

In addition, $47,000 will go to a flood inundation mapping project for the Schoharie Creek at Prattsville. The U.S. Geological Survey New York Water Science Center will carry out the mapping project to help create a library of flood-inundation maps along the creek to help emergency responders assess flood severity and identify specific areas where emergency assistance is likely to be needed. USGS will provide an additional $9,400 toward the total project cost of $56,400.

Other projects include water quality monitoring, stream gauges and flood alert systems, and projects related to fish and wildlife conservation. 

The Mohawk River Basin Program will also administer another round of mini-grants totaling $75,000. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to municipalities and not-for-profit corporations to implement projects within one year that help to further the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. 

Examples of eligible projects that could be funded through the mini-grants include: the purchase of floating docks to expand river access; publication of training manuals; purchase of supplies and equipment for citizen stewardship; distribution of maps, exhibits, plans, publications or interpretive signage; purchase of equipment to facilitate citizen tree planting projects; and land conservation assistance. More information is available at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/58571.html.

The applications period for these grants will begin in the next few weeks. Applicants will need to register through the statewide Grants Gateway. For additional information or to register for the program, visit the New York State Grants Reform website at www.grantsreform.ny.gov. 

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