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July 9, 2013

1) EPA Announces Nine New Urban Waters Grantees
2) Blog Spotlight: King Tides and Sea Level Rise
3) EPA Features Locally Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration via Video Series


1) EPA Announces Nine New Urban Waters Grantees
As a result of additional funds available for awards, nine new organizations have received an award under the 2011/2012 Urban Waters Small Grants competition, bringing the total number of awards under this competition to 55. These awards support projects in 36 states and Puerto Rico, and amounts range from $30,280 to $60,000, totaling $3.2 million for projects that will contribute to improving water quality and community revitalization. EPA's Urban Waters program, through its federal partnership, seeks to reconnect urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts to improve the nation's water systems and promote their economic, environmental and social benefits. Read about the urban waters grantees.

2) Blog Spotlight: King Tides and Sea Level Rise
Paul Cough, director of EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division, blogs about the heightening of king tides resulting from rising sea levels  and what this means for coastal communities. He further discusses the importance of EPA's State of the Environment Photography Project in helping people to think about what sea level rise and other impacts of climate change will mean. Read the blog.

3) EPA Features Locally Led Efforts in Urban Water Restoration via Video Series
EPA has released Urban Waters Voices, a series of 12 video interviews featuring locally led efforts to restore urban waters in communities across the United States. These videos feature local efforts and strategies to improve urban water quality while advancing local community priorities. This week's video features James Rasmussen, Coordinator for the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group, describing some of the challenges faced by communities along the Duwamish River (e.g. Superfund site cleanup, industrial contamination, and storm water issues) and how the organization is using community involvement and education to inform and influence the work that is being done. Watch the video.

 


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