Watershed Education Grants Approved

CWC Board Approves Public Education Grants

ARKVILLE – Grants totaling $200,000 were recently awarded by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) to schools and non-profit organizations for watershed education projects and programs throughout the West-of-Hudson Watershed as well as the Five Boroughs of New York City.

Thirty-one grants will bring lessons in water quality, the New York City Water System and Watershed to more than 28,000 students and teachers. Five thousand people will participate in programs and projects geared toward public and adult audiences.

Grants from CWC will fund a range of projects, from watershed education initiatives to water quality testing, Trout in the Classroom, and multiple field trips to environmental institutions. Each will teach the importance of clean water, the connection between New York City and the Catskill-Delaware Region where most of the City’s water originates.

Four new applicants were approved for funding in this year’s grant round. These new applicants included Pace High School, P.S. 56 Lewis H Latimer, PS 84 Jose De Diego, and Public School 250. All four of these new applicants applied for funding to implement Trout in the Classroom with their classes.

Watershed region recipients include Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi, Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Onteora/Bennett Elementary School in Boiceville, Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, Woodstock Day School, Catskill Water Discovery Center in Arkville, Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve in Stamford, John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development’s Visitor Center in Mount Tremper, Prattsville Art Project, and Catskill Mountain Club in Margaretville.

New York City recipients include Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Technology, Pace High School. PS 56 Lewis H Latimer, PS 19 East Village Community School, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, City Parks Foundation, NYC H2O, Inc., The Horticultural Society of New York, South Street Seaport Museum, The Brooklyn New School/PS 146, The Earth School, PS 84 Jose De Diego, Queens Museum, MS 371 SEED: Harlem and Public School 250.

CWC education grants are provided annually in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

The CWC is a non-profit, Local Development Corporation responsible for environmental protection, economic development, and education programs in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River. www.cwconline.org

Teachers, parents and school administrators can find information on Watershed environmental education programs and resources, including some produced with funds from this grant program, at www.watersheducators.org.