Projects & Funding

Stream Management Implementation Program (SMIP)

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) accepts funding applications during three funding rounds each year. The next funding round will be announced in February 2022.

AWSMP makes funding available for com­mu­nity part­ners to imple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions iden­ti­fied in the AWSMP Action Plan and in Stream Man­age­ment Plans. Projects must be car­ried out within the Ashokan Reservoir Water­shed.

Eli­gi­ble appli­cants include local, county, state, or fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies, 501©(3) orga­ni­za­tions, sec­ondary school dis­tricts, col­leges or uni­ver­si­ties. For-profit firms or institutions may submit funding applications in the Research, Assessment and Monitoring category only.

The AWSMP funds stewardship projects in the following categories:

– Planning
– Education
– Research, Assessment and Monitoring
(see priority research needs)
– Stream-Related Public Infrastructure Improvements
(see project eligibility guidance)
– Flood Hazard Mitigation
– Stream Restoration
– Projects recommended in a Local Flood Analysis plan may be submitted at any time. See instructions in Local Flood Analysis Funding section below.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Please submit your applications using the following form:

Potential SMIP applicants are asked to carefully review the following policies before submitting an application:

Insurance Requirements
Copyrights and Access to Information

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program has awarded over $6 million for stream and floodplain management projects in the Ashokan watershed since the SMIP began in 2009.

For more information, contact Leslie Zucker at (845) 688-3047 or laz5@cornell.edu.

Local Flood Analysis Funding

Funding for municipalities to carry out Local Flood Analysis (LFA) implementation projects is available to eligible communities year-round. Funding applications may be submitted at any time.

To apply, municipalities should download and read the funding application at:

Funding Application for Local Flood Analysis – Implementation

Eligible communities with completed LFA studies in the Ashokan Reservoir watershed include:

Town of Olive: West Shokan, Boiceville
Town of Shandaken: Shandaken, Allaben, Phoenicia, and Mount Tremper

Municipalities may additionally apply to AWSMP to complete LFA studies for the communities of Glenford, Big Indian, Pine Hill, and Chichester and qualify them for LFA implementation funding.

Visit the Local Flood Analysis program website for more information, and read the LFA funding program rules.

The AWSMP’s LFA funding program is administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County with funding provided by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. The Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical support and assistance during project implementation.

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