The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce the recipient of an Urban Waters Program grant in Atlanta on Tuesday.
EPA’s Urban Water Program supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters can be canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas.
Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, employment and social opportunities in nearby communities. By promoting public access to urban waterways, EPA will help communities become active participants in restoration and protection.
Dredging Today Staff, June 26, 2012; Image: epa