“Restoration of water ways along the Rio Grande will improve public health, provide additional recreational opportunities and boost the local economy,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “Work by grant awardees and partner state agencies makes certain the river continues to benefit our communities for many years to come.”
EPA is awarding $2.08 million to 36 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico, ranging from $40,000 to $60,000. The projects are in areas that align with the 18 designated Urban Waters Federal Partnership locations. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership is a partnership of 14 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts.
The project summaries, partner agencies/organizations and funding amounts are:
Amigos Bravos $59,818
Amigos Bravos will conduct twelve community-based water quality monitoring events at the urban Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to sample nutrients and metals, as well as pharmaceuticals, PCBs, and E. coli. The work will benefit Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in the urban watershed and efforts to meet EPA’s 2015 goal of eliminating impairments on the river.
Bosque School $59,921
The project will combine Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program with water quality monitoring in the Middle Rio Grande to inform pueblos, irrigators, land and water managers, stakeholders, and the public about the health of the river, ditches, and shallow groundwater.
Earth Force $60,000
The project will have underserved youth create projects that address pressing water quality issues in their community. It will provide a comprehensive learning experience for youth to utilize water quality data (existing and data they collect) to design solutions to improve the Rio Grande.