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July 2, 2012

1) EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters
2) Register for Webcast on USDA's National Water Quality Initiative

1) EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters
EPA is awarding $2.7 million to 46 organizations in 32 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect Americans' health. The grants range from $30,000 to $60,000 for projects across the country, including in a number of underserved communities. Recipients will promote the restoration of urban waters through community engagement and outreach, water quality monitoring and studies, and environmental education and training.

EPA's Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 12 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts.

For information on EPA's Urban Waters program and to view a list of the projects to be funded, visit: http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/index.html

2) Register for Webcast on USDA's National Water Quality Initiative
Join EPA for a Watershed Academy Webcast on July 10, 2012 1-3 p.m. Eastern to learn more about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Water Quality Initiative. The initiative is focusing on 157 priority watersheds in the U.S. in 2012. The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will make available at least $33 million in financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners this year in these priority watersheds to implement conservation practices to improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired lakes and streams.

Using funds from its Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers, NRCS will help producers implement conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, filter strips, and terraces. This webcast will highlight how this initiative is working and how NRCS is working with state water quality agencies and others to implement this initiative in priority watersheds.

To register for this webcast, please visit www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.


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