SMIP Funding for Infrastructure Improvements

The AWSMP provides funding for design and engineering of projects to reduce hydraulic constrictions or treat channel instability threatening public infrastructure. Projects are developed using NYC DEP Stream Management Program design submission standards.

The AWSMP funds the portion of construction costs related to upsizing infrastructure to reduce hydraulic constrictions, stabilize the stream channel, and revegetate the site. AWSMP provides funding for costs related to enlarging a stream crossing to accommodate passage of flood flows, sediment, wood, and aquatic organisms.

AWSMP does not fund the replacement or maintenance of existing structures. Please submit funding applications for only the portion of costs related to enhancing the structure. Do not include the portion of costs related to replacement of the existing structure or roadway in your funding request. The AWSMP does not fund projects for maintenance, repair, or age-related replacement of infrastructure.

The practices of stream dredging or channelization, flood walls, berms and levees are ineligible for funding. Privately owned bridges, culverts, or roads are ineligible for funding.

Culvert, bridge, and road embankment improvement projects are more likely to score highly for SMIP funding if:

  • There are significant sources of fine sediment at the project site, or downstream of the site that can be mobilized by channel instability.
  • Current conditions pose a significant inundation and/or erosion risk.
  • The project results in an off-site public benefit.
  • A municipality has completed a road-stream crossing assessment and prioritization that identifies the project as a high priority.
  • The municipality uses the Ashokan watershed road-stream crossing assessment and prioritization developed by the AWSMP to justify the project (contact the AWSMP office at 845-688-3047 for information).
  • The project addresses stream process and the causes of failure at the site.
  • The project design addresses fish passage maintenance or restoration.
  • The treatment plan includes revegetation of stream buffers and vegetation management.
  • The project is identified and recommended in an Ashokan Watershed stream management plan. To view available stream management plans, see: https://ashokanstreams.org/publications-resources/stream-management-plans/