The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced three California grants totalling $525,000 through the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program, which the EPA is administering in partnership with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.
“This unique public-private partnership brings together businesses, tribes, local governments, universities, and not-for-profit organizations to collaborate on watershed protection,” EPA Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Alexis Strauss said. “These projects will help protect and enhance California’s waterways, which is especially crucial as the state's drought continues.”
The grants are amongst the first nine offered through the program, which in total represent $1.4 million in funding for nine projects in seven states. The funding will allow grant winners to better protect freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds, encouraging long-term and sustainable measures or new, scalable techniques. In California, the grant winners are: Healthy Watersheds California, which will receive $225,000; Protecting Forests to Protect Watersheds, which will receive $200,000; and Protecting Blue Creek and the Klamath River for Salmon, Wildlife and People, which will receive $100,000.
“These grants will accelerate protection and improved management of watersheds across the United States,” Endowments President and CEO Carlton Owen said.