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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Announces Stream Team Grant for Hoosic River: $2,780 Will Help Watershed Association Recruit and Train Volunteers
February 25, 2008

Boston- Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Riverways Program has awarded a $2,780 Stream Team Implementation grant to the Hoosic River Watershed Association.

 

This FY 2008 Stream Team Implementation Award will help the Hoosic River Watershed Association to recruit and train volunteers to create a Stream Team for the South Branch of the Hoosic River.  The Association will provide training workshops for surveying and sampling, and will support the Stream Team in actions to solve problems found during the volunteer survey.

 

“This grant is a welcome resource for improving the habitat and flow of Hoosic River’s South Branch,” said Downing.  “I applaud the Riverways Program’s decision to fund and support these important restoration and protection efforts.”

 

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Riverways’ Adopt-A-Stream Program supports citizen-driven river stewardship efforts by involving volunteers, communities and businesses and leveraging in-kind work and funding on behalf of rivers and their surrounding habitats. Adopt-A-Stream works with citizens to support and develop projects in watersheds across the state that restore habitat and natural stream structure, protect flow, and identify and prevent non-point source pollution. The program provides a suite of monitoring and restoration tools that help citizens become active stewards of their watersheds.

 

During this grant round, seven other projects will receive Stream Team Implementation grants from the Riverways Program, bringing the total grant distribution to $65,000. 

 

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