Enabling community organizations, environmental groups and schools to collect, process and, in some cases, interpret environmental data, enables volunteers and students to directly gain knowledge about the health of estuary and its management needs. The skills gained by the community groups carrying out the monitoring empower them to pursue a variety of citizen science projects producing useful and valid environmental data. At the same time, HEP and its public agency partners can obtain valuable datasets that may indicate water quality challenges, the success of habitat restoration efforts, or the impacts of coastal erosion. All grantees must agree to follow Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures detailed in a quality assurance project plan (QAPP).
The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program is currently not accepting proposals.