Restoration of Atlanta’s Procter Creek gets $60,000 boost
The Procter Creek grant is one of 22 recently announced grants, totaling $1.3 million, which will help organizations in 18 states work to restore their community’s local urban waters. The Conservation Fund will use its grant to increase engagement with local communities on two planned projects that, if completed, would reduce stormwater runoff flowing into Procter Creek’s headwaters.
Urban waters are often affected by city pollution, including sewage, runoff and contamination from industrial facilities. To make these waterways healthy and more valuable to their local communities, the EPA offers Urban Waters grants for projects that include trash removal, pollutant testing and education to encourage more environmental stewardship in the future.
“Often underserved communities in our nation’s cities face disproportionate impacts from pollution, and too often they lack the resources to do something about it,” EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Joel Beauvais said. “EPA provides support to empower these communities to improve the quality of their waterways and to help reconnect people and businesses with the water they depend on.”