Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation stormwater project gets $60,000 grant

Through its most recent round of Urban Waters grants, the Environmental Protection Agency will help fund a Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundations’ project to assess stormwater runoff and improve mitigation practices in the New Orleans area.
“We continue to work with local stakeholders to take critical steps toward water protection,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “Water restoration allows residents to enjoy the environmental and recreational benefits from their local waters and surrounding lands for many years to come.”
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will receive $60,000 for its project, which it will conduct in partnership with several underserved schools in the area. Together they will evaluate local neighborhoods’ stormwater runoff and then work with those neighborhoods to implement better pollution prevention measures.
The EPA launched the Urban Waters Small Grants Program in 2012 and since then has awarded approximately $6.6 million in funding over the course of three rounds, assisting 114 organizations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Grants are available in amounts of up to $60,000 and are awarded every two years. This year saw the EPA award $1.3 million in grants to 22 universities, foundations and non-profits spread across 18 states.

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