Program celebrates watershed protection
Has your local government exceeded the requirements of the Clean Water Act and worked diligently to protect the health of watersheds in your area? If so, it may be eligible to become a Clean Water Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water.
Until May 30, the EPA is accepting applications from local governments for the Clean Water Partners for the 21st Century Program, which recognizes watershed protection accomplishments and plans for future protection activities. Qualifying activities may include organizing a comprehensive public outreach campaign to educate residents about water quality goals; restoring a beach, waterfront or water recreational area; supporting research about sources of pollution; and developing urban design programs to blend with the overall community. Any local government entity is eligible for the program.
A committee of representatives from local government organizations will evaluate applications for the program. The EPA will hold a recognition event in October to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and to announce the partners. Applications and more information are available at www.cleanwaterpartners.org.