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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

EPA Awarded $517,500 to Revitalize Urban Waters in New Orleans and New Mexico

The project summaries, partner agencies/organizations and funding amounts are:

Amigos Bravos $59,818
Amigos Bravos will conduct twelve community-based water quality monitoring events at the urban Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to sample nutrients and metals, as well as pharmaceuticals, PCBs, and E. coli. The work will benefit Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in the urban watershed and efforts to meet EPA’s 2015 goal of eliminating impairments on the river.

Bayou Land Resource Conservation and Development Council $59,600
The Bayou Land Resource Conservation and Development Council will evaluate the impact of green infrastructure on mosquito breeding and surface water quality in the Pontchartrain Park and Gentilly Woods neighborhoods.

Bosque School $59,921
The project will combine Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program with water quality monitoring in the Middle Rio Grande to inform pueblos, irrigators, land and water managers, stakeholders, and the public about the health of the river, ditches, and shallow groundwater.

Earth Force $60,000
The project will have underserved youth create projects that address pressing water quality issues in their community. It will provide a comprehensive learning experience for youth to utilize water quality data (existing and data they collect) to design solutions to improve the Rio Grande.

Global Green USA $46,884
Global Green USA will conduct neighborhood workshops that introduce cost-effective, do-it-yourself stormwater best management practices that can be implemented on homeowners' lots by the homeowners themselves and organized tours of sites that showcase watershed protection and management through green infrastructure.

Groundwork New Orleans $60,000
Groundwork New Orleans (GWNO) will expand its Green Slice project for continued interdisciplinary development, experiential learning and research within the community. GWNO will also work with local partners to design, train and teach building skills.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation $60,000
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will implement a project to accelerate the ongoing revitalization of
New Orleans' south shore lakefront.

Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans $60,000
The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans will implement a Green Infrastructure Monitoring Project in Pontilly neighborhoods to monitor and improve water quality.

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science $52,185
The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science will train community members and wetland restoration advocates to monitor and track progress at eight ongoing urban wetland restoration projects in the Lake Pontchartrain area. The training will include introduction to basic science, technology, engineering, and math concepts through real-life application and investigation for sustained engagement in local urban waters issues.

The funding is provided through EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access and improve urban waters. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas. The program will allow communities to benefit from increased access to natural areas.

Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance economic, educational, recreational and social opportunities in nearby communities. By reconnecting communities to their local urban waters, EPA will help communities actively participate in restoring urban waters while improving their neighborhoods.

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