Sustaining the Urban Waters Program in 2020 and Beyond: New Strategies to Support the Program
Since its formation, the Urban Waters Program has achieved notable successes across the U.S. to revitalize urban waterways and the communities that surround them. The Program has supported hundreds of projects across the country through small grants, foundation and nongovernmental partners, and the Federal Partnership and Learning Network.
At the ten-year anniversary of the program, partners felt it was timely to consider approaches to ensure the continuity and strength of the program. To build upon the Program’s many achievements, this document provides approaches to 1) continue and strengthen support for the current 20 Urban Waters Federal Partnerships locations and 2) develop a process by which the Program could consider potential new urban communities and their watersheds that are focused on achieving urban waters goals . These approaches will strengthen cross-cutting partnerships and benefit citizens nationwide.
The Urban Waters Program Mission and Goals will continue to serve as guidance as the Program seeks to implement these approaches.