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Urban Waters

EPA Urban Waters Resources

EPA Urban Waters Resources

Pollution creeps into urban waterways from a variety of sources, and can result in those waters becoming unfit resources for drinking water or for swimming. On this page, we will share links to resources on where you can learn about the causes of and methods for dealing with urban water pollution.


Urban Waters Small Grants
Urban Water Small Grants support community efforts to make water quality restoration relevant to public health, social, economic, and livability goals. 

Brownfields Grants to Support Assessment/Cleanup of Contaminated Property, Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants, and Targeted Brownfields Assessments
EPA's Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training.

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
This site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

Sustainable Finance Website
This resource outlines the six key steps of fundraising plan development, introduces a diverse set of funding options, and provides case studies of successful finance mechanisms.

Watershed Funding Resource Directory
Committed watershed organizations and state and local governments need adequate resources to achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act and improve our nation's water quality.

The National Fish and Wildlife Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program
NFWF Grants, funded through a public/private partnership that includes EPA and the US Forest Service, announces grant awards totaling over $1.2 million. EPA and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership congratulate the forty-six grant recipients.

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Watershed Planning and Management

Community-Based Watershed Management: Lessons Learned from the National Estuary Program (NEP) (PDF) (112 pp, 4.13MB, About PDF)
This handbook was designed for all individuals and organizations involved in watershed management, including states, tribes, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

NonPoint Source/Watershed Management Case Study Success Stories

Success Stories from Groundwork Trusts
Working with the Brownfields Program and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program on urban water issues.

Targeted Watershed Grant Case Studies

Urban Agriculture on Brownfields Website
Information for people pursuing agriculture projects as a part of brownfield redevelopment and reuse.

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