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Targeted Watersheds Grant Program

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New! EPA Awards $600,000 Targeted Watershed Grant to River Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $600,000 to River Network to engage communities and increase citizen connection, understanding, and stewardship of urban waterways. This award was made through the Targeted Watershed Grants Program and is an Urban Waters Capacity Building Grant. Under the grant, River Network Exit EPA Disclaimer will form a partnership with Groundwork USA Exit EPA Disclaimer to establish and manage a competitive urban watershed subaward program.

River Network will select five to seven subawardees competitively to receive funding (ranging from $30,000 to $70,000) and up to 400 hours of technical assistance for projects designed to strengthen their organization. As part of the grant, River Network will also provide a wider peer-learning network for other organizations working on urban water issues.  The goal is to support a new urban waters movement by building highly capable organizations that are self-sustaining and can carry out programs to protect human health and the environment. The urban waterways in many communities are compromised landscapes, impacted by various sources of pollution and often neglected and ignored. These capacity-building subgrants will provide local organizations, tribal and local governments with skills and techniques to protect their urban waterways and promote more vibrant, economically sustainable communities.    All subawardees will attend the National River Rally in North Charleston, South Carolina on June 3-6, 2011 Exit EPA Disclaimer .

For additional information on applying to River Network for funding, please contact Diana Toledo at dtoledo@rivernetwork.org or visit the River Network Urban Waters Capacity Building Grants Request for Proposals Exit EPA Disclaimer.


EPA initiated the Targeted Watersheds Grant Program in 2002 to encourage successful community-based approaches to protect and restore the nation's watersheds. Watershed health is important to providing clean, safe water where Americans live, work and play.  Since 2003, more than $50 million has been provided to 61 organizations through EPA Targeted Watersheds Grants.


Learn more about what EPA is doing to protect Urban Waters.

2010 Targeted Watersheds Grants Program: Urban Watershed Capacity Building Grant Request for Proposals (PDF) (29 pp, 112K), Dated: April 1, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions (2 pp, 18K), updated: April 23, 2010


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2008 Update:
  • EPA has selected ten Finalists for Market-Based Water Quality Projects.
  • EPA will provide funding for the Western Estuary Initiative, pursuant to a directive in the agency’s fiscal year 2008 appropriation.
  • A national request for proposals is not being planned for this year.

Established in 2003, the Targeted Watersheds Grant program is designed to encourage successful community-based approaches and management techniques to protect and restore the nation's watersheds.

To date 46 organizations have been awarded Implementation grants. An additional 15 organizations have been selected for award from the 2006/2007 competition. Implementation Grant projects that have been funded thus far focus on a broad array of methods for addressing watershed concerns including water quality trading, agricultural best management practices, wetland and riparian restoration, nutrient management, fish habitat restoration and public outreach and education. Each watershed organization involves a broad array of stakeholders and members including those from academia, local and state governments, tribes and non-profit organizations. The Implementation projects summaries are provided below for all grants.

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List of Targeted Watersheds Grantees

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