'These award-winning projects show the power of cooperative conservation and environmental innovation to protect watersheds across
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 $40 million has been provided through Targeted Watersheds Grants.
This year's finalist projects include plans to restore and enhance wetland and riparian habitats, support agricultural best-management practices, promote low-impact development, as well as a variety of innovative and incentive-based programs to mitigate toxics and promote financial sustainability.
The organizations invited to apply for the grant money made available today are:
Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York – Lake Champlain, N.Y.
Clear Creek Watershed Foundation – Upper Clear Creek, Colo.
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes – Jocko River Watershed, Mont.
County Government of Maui - West Maui Watershed, Hawaii
Ducks Unlimited – Upper Klamath Basin, Ore.
Grand Traverse Band Ottawa & Chippewa Indians – Betsie Platte Otter Watershed, Mich.
Groundwork Yonkers – Saw Mill River Watershed, N.Y.
Heidelberg College – Honey Creek Watershed, Ohio
Kansas Department of Health and Environment – Marais Des Cygnes Basin, Kan., Mo.
Lewis & Clark County Government – Lake Helena Watershed, Mont.
Nisqually River Foundation – Nisqually River, Wash.
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission – Tri-State Connecticut River Watershed, Vt., N.H., Mass.
Rio Puerco Alliance – Torreon Wash, N.M.
The Elizabeth River Project – Money Point, Va.
The Sonoran Institute – Santa Cruz River, Ariz.
Upstate Forever – Saluda-Reedy Watershed, S.C.
More information on the finalists: http://epa.gov/twg/implementation.html