NOAA Habitat Conservation – August 9, 2016

NOAA is announcing $8.9 million in funding for three Great Lakes habitat restoration partnerships. Funding for these partnerships is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes. We are working with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to implement habitat restoration projects that will help improve “toxic hotspots” known as Areas of Concern. For full story, click here.

Contact: Margot Perez-Sullivan – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – August 5, 2016

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding more than $445,000 to reimburse the Navajo Nation for response costs for actions associated with the August 5, 2015 Gold King Mine release near Silverton, Colo. This is in addition to $157,000 awarded in March. These funds include costs incurred for various activities associated with the release response, including field evaluations, water quality sampling, laboratory analyses, and personnel. EPA continues to evaluate state, tribal and local response costs and has reimbursed approximately $3 million to date through cooperative agreements established with partners. Today’s announcement is part of EPA’s ongoing evaluation of costs consistent with the Agency’s authorities and the requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund. For full news release, click here.

EIN News – July 26, 2016

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced at the Urban Waters National Training Workshop that 58 community-led wetland, stream and coastal restoration projects across the nation have been awarded approximately $2.2 million in grants. The grantees have committed an additional $5.2 million in local project support, creating a total conservation investment of more than $7.4 million in projects that will restore wildlife habitat and urban waters. These projects will engage thousands of volunteers, students and local residents in community-based conservation projects. For full story, click here.

By Ann Mills, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment and Ellen Gilinsky, EPA Office of Water Senior Policy Advisor – US Department of Agriculture – August 2, 2016

In September of 2015, EPA and USDA sponsored a three-day national workshop at the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska that brought together more than 200 experts and leaders representing the agricultural community, utilities, environmental NGOs, private investors, states, cities, and tribes to discuss how to expand the country’s small but growing water quality trading markets. Recently we released a report that summarizes the workshop’s key discussions and outlines new actions that we and others will take to further promote the use of market-based tools to advance water quality improvements. For full blog post, click here.

U.S. Department of Education – August 2, 2016

EPA is announcing the fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge prize competition that asks student teams to design green infrastructure for their campus. This year, teams will incorporate climate resiliency and consider community engagement in their stormwater management designs. EPA is calling for college and university students to form teams with a faculty advisor to participate in the competition. EPA encourages teams to be multidisciplinary (comprised of planners, engineers, designers, scientists, and more). Teams will be able to submit in either the master plan or demonstration project categories. Registration for this year’s competition will be open from September 1-30, 2016. Submissions for this year’s competition will be due December 16, 2016 and winners will be announced in Spring 2017. For full story, click here.