U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Applicants Sought for $19 million in Watershed
Contacts: (Media only)
Dale Kemery (202) 564-4355 / email@example.com
(Other inquiries) Carol Peterson (202) 566-1304 /
(Washington, DC -
August 16, 2006) EPA plans to award up to $19 million in grants to help
clean up and restore the nation's waterways. Proposals must reach EPA by
October 16, 2006, for capacity-building grants and November 15, 2006,
for project-implementation grants. Capacity-building grants provide for
education and training, whereas implementation grants involve actions
such as protection and preservation.
"President Bush understands that citizen-centered programs foster
innovation while accelerating restoration of watersheds through
cooperative conservation and grass-roots partnerships," said Assistant
Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles.
State governors and tribal leaders nominate potential recipients for
implementation grants. EPA will evaluate and rank submissions based on
criteria outlined in each notice. Watershed organizations receive the
awards based on how likely they are to achieve environmental results in
a relatively short time. Selection of the grantees will be announced in
Under the Targeted Watersheds Grant Program, EPA has awarded nearly $40
million to 46 watershed organizations since 2003. In excess of $2
million has gone to five watershed capacity-building organizations to
further the activities of more than 3,000 local watershed groups. For
this grant cycle, the focus will be on
supporting community-based approaches and strengthening local capacity
to protect and clean up water resources.
Watersheds currently in the program cover more than 142,000 square miles
of the nation's landscape draining into lakes, rivers, and streams.
Yesterday, EPA released its 2005 Targeted Watersheds Grant Annual
Report. It provides examples of how grant funding helps watershed
partnerships advance the goals of the Clean Water Act through sound
watershed plans. Comprised of informative fact sheets and colorful maps,
the report highlights 34 community efforts to reach measurable
clean-water goals. The report also includes summaries of grantees
focused on capacity-building efforts.
Targeted Watershed Grants: http://www.epa.gov/twg
2005 Annual Report: