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Croton Point Park Garners State, Federal Funds To Strengthen Ecology

State and federal funding has been secured to "strengthen the ecological health of the Croton landfill at Croton Point Park Point Park, according to an announcement by County Executive Rob Astorino New York State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown).
State and federal funding has been secured to "strengthen the ecological health of the Croton landfill at Croton Point Park Point Park, according to an announcement by County Executive Rob Astorino New York State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown). Photo Credit: File.

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- New York State and federal funds of $630,000 will be used to "strengthen the ecological health of the Croton landfill" at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, according to County Executive Rob Astorino and New York State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) announced Monday.

Astorino praised Murphy’s office for obtaining $500,000 in state funds to cover most of the project, and the County Soil & Water Conservation District for obtaining the $135,000 balance in federal funding, said the announcement.

“As stewards of the environment we have a responsibility to conserve our natural resources today and for future generations and efforts like these are important down payments on our endowment for the future,” said Astorino.

The project will be used to redesign and manage the grasslands on the old Croton landfill, protect the Hudson River Estuary from invasive species and secure the park as a year-round habitat for the Hudson River Bald Eagles, according to the announcement.

“Restoration of the area as grassland will provide a nesting place for migrating birds and other wildlife. Restoring the area’s natural habitat will create something of lasting value and beauty. I wanted to make sure the park will remain a vibrant and attractive place to visit for generations to come," Murphy said.

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