On Tuesday, Sept. 2, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney will meet with three 2014 Urban Waters Grants awardees to highlight their work to help protect and restore the Proctor Creek watershed, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities.
The awardees are: the Center for Watershed Protection, Inc., the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Inc. and Environmental Community Action, Inc.
In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency selected 37 organizations to receive grants of $40,000 to $60,000 each, totaling approximately $2.1 million to support such projects.
Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance economic, educational, recreational and social opportunities in nearby communities. By reconnecting communities to their local urban waters, EPA will help communities to actively participate in restoring urban waters while improving their neighborhoods.
The Urban Waters Federal Partnership is a partnership of 14 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts.
All funded projects work to advance environmental justice in their communities, and focus on one of the following three categories: community greening and green infrastructure, communities and water quality data, or integration of water quality and community development in planning.
Press Release, August 29, 2014