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Good News! - $3,000 grant

October 17, 2012 - The Friends of the Mianus Park has received a $3,000 grant from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund!

These grants are provided by a host of government agencies (U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service) and, privately, Wells Fargo Bank.

The money will enable us to begin riverbank restoration work in a half-acre area ( see photos >) by removing invasive plants and planting native species such as Sweet Flag, Fringed Sedge, Hop Sedge, willows and dogwoods. The planting will take place next spring.

Money for Planting

Friends of Mianus River Park qualified for the grant because:

  • We are a non-profit 501( c )(3) organization
  • Our riverbank and habitat restoration work area (the banks of the Mianus River) is in the Long Island Sound coastal watershed and repairing riparian buffers is an important goal of the Long Island Sound Futures Fund
  • We’re able to match the grant amount (thanks to everyone who has donated)

We will keep you posted about the project!

What is a watershed?
“That area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they became part of a community.”
- John Wesley Powell


If you’re interested in learning more about the Long Island Sound Futures Fund and the other CT and NY-based organizations that also received prizes, follow link:
http://Longislandsoundstudy.net/aboutgrants/lis-futures-fund/2012-small-grants
Press Release:
http://longislandsoundstudy.net/2012/09/1-6-million-awarded-for-community-based-projects-to-improve-health-of-long-island-sound/

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