Posts Tagged ‘Urban Waters’

UPDATE: Urban Waters Small Grants Opportunity

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Make sure to check the EPA Urban Water Small Grants website frequently for grant updates, helpful information, and to register for webinars designed to help you complete the grant proposal! There is also a newly posted list of Frequently Asked Questions related to this grant opportunity that could help you as you work through the proposal. For more information or for help in completing your grant proposal, you can contact IMRivers at Nicola Mammes Research Assistant IMRivers

Update: Funding Opportunity!

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Urban Waters Small Grants Proposal due January 23, 2012 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set aside between $1.8 to $3.8 million to fund projects throughout the United States that are work to restore urban waters by “improving water quality and supporting community revitalization” as part of the EPA’s Urban Waters program. As stated by the grant proposal guidelines, the goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to “fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.” Projects eligible for funding include:
  • Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
  • Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  • Local water quality monitoring programs
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
  • Innovative projects that promote local water quality and community revitalization goals
Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at, and the EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012. For more information on this project and for help with developing grant proposals, contact Nicola Mammes, VERTICES Research Assistant Center for Community Mapping

Get to Know the Raritan River

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Our current project here at IM Rivers, mapping stormwater outfall pipes on the Raritan River, is very important to us.  We are learning about this river everyday with the help of a local organization, the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative. Their website has a wealth of information about the Raritan River including  information about the basin, clean up efforts, sustainable Raritan River action agenda, news and events, pictures, along with a wealth of resources and data.  It is committed groups like these that will save our rivers for future use and recreation.  Check out their website and keep checking back for updates! Photo taken by Dr. Wansoo Im Scott Jablonski, VERTICES Intern

River Network Offers Urban Waters Capacity-Building Grants

River Network is continuously working to connect people and communities to improve the health of our water resources.  The Urban Waters Capacity Building Grant‘s purpose is to improve the quality of disadvantaged urban area water resources through providing technical and administrative support to organizations working to improve local community, stream, and environmental conditions.  The grants are for assistance on projects for a period of 24 months, with recipients being awarded $30,000- $70,000.  River Network expects to award 5-7 project grants.  All U.S. organizations, either public or private, non-profit or governmental, are eligible to apply.  Organizations with an urban waters initiative program that is either underdeveloped or underfunded are especially encouraged to apply.  The deadline is March 14,2011 at 5 pm PST, so APPLY NOW! Source: River Network Scott Jablonski, VERTICES intern