Mark Udall congratulated two Denver businesses today on their receipt of $60,000 each in competitive grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Urban Waters program. The grants will help the businesses restore urban water quality and protect the health of Coloradans.
"Colorado communities depend on clean water for healthy living, economic activity, recreation and agriculture," Udall said. "These grants will help mobilize local advocates to engage communities in restoring their urban waters, improve water quality and protect public health."
Barr Lake & Milton Reservoir Watershed Association proposes to bring together the nine watershed associations in the Denver metropolitan area, along with Metropolitan State College of Denver's One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Sustainability (OWOW) and Water 2012 to develop effective, unified, comprehensive clean water messages for a coordinated public outreach campaign that includes outreach to underserved and low-income communities.
Earth Force, Inc. proposes to use the grant to improve stewardship of the South Platte River by working with Denver Public Works and Denver Public Schools to develop teacher training workshops and an educational toolkit for outdoor classrooms that reaches 750 youth advocates.
EPA's Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 12 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community‐led revitalization efforts. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership also advances the work of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, which Udall has supported.