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New York State Environmental Protection Fund Awards Bard College $48,720 for Saw Kill Watershed Community

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The New York State Environmental Protection Fund and Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program have awarded Bard College a $48,720 grant to support its longstanding work with the Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC) to protect the Saw Kill watershed and its ecological, recreational, and historic resources through hands-on science, education, and advocacy. The state funding will support SKWC’s ongoing work as it moves from watershed assessment into long-term watershed management. That work includes distributing the 2017 State of the Saw Kill Watershed Assessment, boosting SKWC membership and transitioning to a more permanent and sustainable leadership structure, expanding regionally by strengthening relationships with other neighboring watershed community groups, and leveraging Bard’s scientific resources to address community questions concerning water protection and quality and watershed health.

Working together to study, protect, and teach others about the Saw Kill Creek and its watershed, the Saw Kill Watershed Community (SKWC) is made up of Bard faculty, staff, and students; members of the conservation advisory councils of the towns of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Milan; local, county, and state officials; representatives of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Hudson River Estuary Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension (Dutchess); and several nonprofits, including Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, and the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. For more information, visit:

Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with concentrations in more than 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; 9 early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 157-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to a liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit


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This event was last updated on 01-17-2019