The Cold Spring waterfront is getting some attention. The state Department of Environmental Conservation awarded $75,000 to a team of designers to create a “sustainable shorelines demonstration project”–more on what that is in a moment–at Dockside park.
According to a news release from the DEC, the grant is intended to foment the design and development of “improvements to the riverbank to enhance habitat for aquatic species, reduce erosion and increase the property’s resiliency to sea-level rise, storm surges and wave action resulting from coastal storms.”
In other words, the state is looking for ways to toughen up vulnerable waterfront areas in new, sustainable ways.
The DEC awarded the grant in co-operation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. The design team is composed of Milone and MacBroom, Inc., Hudson and Pacific Designs and EarthRise Designs.
“The Hudson River Estuary Program is helping people enjoy, protect and revitalize the Hudson River and its Valley,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “This grant will fund plans and designs to stabilize the shoreline and enhance the public use of the Park. The project will also establish a model that can be used in similar settings with both tidal and riverine characteristics.”