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On June 5, 2007, at the BRONX ZOO, NY , representatives from organizations with strong environmental iniitiives eagerly assembled to celebrate the good news.  It was announced that $1.5 million in grant awards was being allocated to fund 12 water quality and coastal restoration projects initiated by nonprofit conservation groups, universities and government agencies in Long Island Sound and Jamaica Bay.  The almost $1.6 million  of Dissolved Oxygen funds was leveraged with $2.1 million raised by the recipients themselves towards the projects, providing a total of $3.6 million towards innovative conservation work such as restoring shoreline habitat for birds and fish; removing 80,000 pounds of garbage from Jamaica Bay marshes; and reducing pollution from water borne sources including common pharmaceuticals now threatening humans and animals that share coastal water.

Barbara E. Brown, Chairperson, and Michael Gordon, Financial Secretary, representatives for the Eastern Queens Alliance, were among the invitees because the Alliance was among the twelve organizations selected. The Alliance is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of $100,000 of these funds for an aquatic restoration/trail/open classroom project in Idlewild Park Preserve. The total project is also made possible with  a $25,000 HEP Conceptual Planning Grant and $300,000 of Environmental Benefit Project funds from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation awarded to the Alliance in 2003. These funds are being held by the Natural Heritage Trust until all design work is completed and construction is ready to begin.