Projects & Funding

Request for Proposals — Research Study

Cornell Culverts Model Calibration and Validation

On behalf of the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram, Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty (CCEUC) is seek­ing pro­pos­als for a mul­ti-phase inves­ti­ga­tion into the Cor­nell Cul­verts Mod­el (CCM, v2.1) for esti­mat­ing hydrol­o­gy and cul­vert hydraulics in the Ashokan Reser­voir water­shed. Phase I will involve a quan­ti­ta­tive com­par­i­son of the CCM with oth­er indus­try stan­dard hydrol­o­gy and hydraulics meth­ods (e.g., gage analy­sis, HEC-RAS, etc. ) to deter­mine if the cur­rent mod­el pro­vides reli­able out­puts at small road-stream cross­ing sites.  If deemed nec­es­sary in Phase I, a sec­ond phase will involve per­form­ing mod­el recal­i­bra­tion for local con­di­tions and sub­se­quent val­i­da­tion. A third phase will involve devel­op­ment of an inter­face or pro­to­col to eas­i­ly com­pare design alter­na­tives to improve the CCM’s util­i­ty in the Ashokan basin. The CCM is an ArcGIS-based hydrol­o­gy and cul­vert hydraulics mod­el that uses land­scape and pre­cip­i­ta­tion data to esti­mate recur­rence inter­val dis­charges at road-stream cross­ing (RSX) sites, total hydraulic capac­i­ty of the cross­ing infra­struc­ture, and the max­i­mum recur­rence inter­val flow accom­mo­dat­ed at the site, both under cur­rent and future pre­cip­i­ta­tion scenarios.

Pro­pos­als and quotes are due elec­tron­i­cal­ly by Fri­day, May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. Down­load the full Request for Pro­pos­als with addi­tion­al instructions:

Adden­dum No. 1 — Dates for sub­mis­sion of ques­tions and requests for clar­i­fi­ca­tion have been added to the schedule.

Adden­dum No. 2 — Address­es revi­sions and addi­tions, respons­es to ques­tions, and clarifications.

Stream Management Implementation Program (SMIP)

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (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.

The next SMIP fund­ing round will be announced in June 2021. 

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

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

Appli­ca­tions for projects rec­om­mend­ed in a Local Flood Analy­sis plan may be sub­mit­ted at any time. See instruc­tions in Local Flood Analy­sis Fund­ing sec­tion below.

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.

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 accepts SMIP fund­ing appli­ca­tions dur­ing three fund­ing rounds each year.

The AWSMP has pro­vid­ed over $4.9 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

Local Flood Analysis Funding

Fund­ing for munic­i­pal­i­ties to con­duct Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA) and imple­ment rec­om­mend­ed flood mit­i­ga­tion solu­tions in eli­gi­ble com­mu­ni­ties is avail­able year-round. Local Flood Analy­sis sup­ports plan­ning and fea­si­bil­i­ty projects led by munic­i­pal­i­ties to:

  • Deter­mine the con­di­tions con­tribut­ing to inun­da­tion of pub­lic and pri­vate infra­struc­ture asso­ci­at­ed with high flows with­in pop­u­la­tion cen­ters (see list of eli­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion cen­ters below);
  • Devel­op and ana­lyze the poten­tial of spe­cif­ic projects, and projects in com­bi­na­tion, to mit­i­gate these flood dam­ages and hazards;
  • Char­ac­ter­ize the rel­a­tive costs and ben­e­fits of tech­ni­cal­ly effec­tive projects; and
  • Assist com­mu­ni­ties in deter­min­ing the fea­si­bil­i­ty of projects that are shown to be both tech­ni­cal­ly fea­si­ble and cost-effective.

The fol­low­ing pop­u­la­tion cen­ters in the Ashokan Reser­voir water­shed are eli­gi­ble for Local Flood Analysis:

Town of Olive: West Shokan, Boiceville, Ashokan
Town of Shan­dak­en: Big Indi­an, Shandaken/Allaben, Pine Hill, Chichester,
Phoeni­cia, and Mount Tremper
Town of Hur­ley: Glenford

Fund­ing is avail­able on a rolling basis until LFAs have been com­plet­ed for all eli­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion cen­ters in the Ashokan Reser­voir watershed.

To apply for LFA fund­ing from the AWSMP, read and com­plete the LFA plan­ning appli­ca­tion avail­able for download:

Fund­ing Appli­ca­tion for Local Flood Analy­sis — Planning

Appli­ca­tions to fund LFA-rec­om­mend­ed imple­men­ta­tion projects adopt­ed by com­mu­ni­ties may be sub­mit­ted at any time. To apply for LFA fund­ing from the AWSMP, read and com­plete the LFA imple­men­ta­tion appli­ca­tion avail­able for download:

Fund­ing Appli­ca­tion for Local Flood Analy­sis — Implementation

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. Fund­ing for the LFA pro­gram comes from the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, the Ulster Coun­ty Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, and the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.