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Puget Sound Targeted for $10 Million Infusion to Support Stewardship and Science

Release Date: 01/12/2010
Contact Information: Daniel Steinborn, EPA Puget Sound Team, (206) 553-2728, steinborn.daniel@epa.gov; Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Seattle, Wash. – January 12, 2010) In a continuing effort to focus on local solutions to address the declining health of Puget Sound, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning on awarding an additional $10 million in grants this spring. The current round of grants focus on creating sound scientific foundations in support of the Puget Sound Action Agenda for 2020, as well as building community empowerment through an Outreach, Education and Stewardship Program.

Organizations can apply for the two grant offerings by submitting proposals by March 2, 2010. The Puget Sound Science Grants will range from $200,000 to $700,000, and total $4.5 million. They are to focus on developing and laying scientific foundations for strategies to implement the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.

The Puget Sound Outreach, Education and Stewardship Grant will be awarded to one organization to focus on building awareness of the issues affecting Puget Sound and encouraging citizen action and environmental stewardship. The grant includes $2 million in the first year and $1 million for each of the next four years.

“These grants focus on two important aspects of Puget Sound recovery, sound science and community engagement,” said Michelle Pirzadeh, Acting Administrator for EPA’s Pacific Northwest Region. “Puget Sound is a northwest treasure and the people here are capable of great things. This funding will support scientists and concerned citizens to do what they do best.”

The grants are open to public, tribal and non-profit organizations including colleges and universities. The Outreach, Education and Stewardship Grant is focused on organizations in Washington State.

For additional information, visit:
2020 Puget Sound Action Agenda http://www.psp.wa.gov/aa_action_agenda.php.
EPA Puget Sound Grants http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ecocomm.nsf/puget+sound/funding

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