Today, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) released the following statement in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) awarding $6.5 million in federal grants to ten projects in Northern California. These grants, provided to state and local agencies as well as non-profit organizations, will be used to improve water quality and restore habitat throughout the San Francisco Bay watershed. They are funded through the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund, which has invested $28 million in various clean water projects since 2008 and leveraged more that $103 million in additional funds.
"I am very pleased with the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to award these funds to water quality projects in the Bay Area. I have spent my entire career fighting to clean up the Bay and protect our environment and I have worked to bring federal funds back to our area to do so. The Bay is a national treasure. These grants will help make sure it is healthy enough for our children to fish and swim in."
Two of the grants awarded today are for projects located in Rep. Stark's 13th Congressional District. The EPA allocated $500,000 to continue the restoration of the South Bay Salt Ponds in partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy. Additionally, $181,000 was awarded to improve the health of Alameda Creek in partnership with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District.
In 2010, Rep. Stark worked to obtain $1 million in federal funding to support Salt Pond restoration. In 2009, Rep. Stark secured $1,337,000 in funding to improve wildlife habitat in the Alameda Creek watershed.