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Updates From Urban Waters Locations

Caño Martín Peña (CMP)/San Juan (PR) —The San Juan Bay Estuary Program held the Estuarine Summer Workshop with the Entrepreneurial Support Youth Group of Península de Cantera, Inc. on June 20-24, 2022. Youth participated in water quality monitoring, participatory bird censuses, kayaking and other activities related to water, birds and the estuary ecosystem.

Green-Duwamish Watershed (WA) — The Green-Duwamish Urban Waters Partnership is excited to announce the formal integration of the UWFP work with the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP). PSP is a Washington State agency charged with leading the recovery and protection of the Puget Sound and its contributing watersheds. PSP will join EPA and founding lead partners the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Forest Service Region 6 Urban and Community Forestry as part of the Core Team guiding the Green-Duwamish UWFP. This lead agency role has been designated under state legislation, EPA's National Estuary Program and Endangered Species Act Salmon Recovery efforts. New funding by both EPA and PSP adds support to the UWFP Ambassador in the Green-Duwamish Watershed. The Ambassador’s additional work involves enhancing and connecting community groups in the Green-Duwamish to the goals of the 2022-2026 Action Agenda. The agenda is focused on recovery objectives benefiting both the biophysical conditions and beneficial uses of the watershed and estuary, and improving the health and vibrancy of communities in the watershed that have been disproportionality impacted through previous environmental decisions.

Meramec/Big River Watershed (MO) — The Meramec/Big River Urban Waters Partnership location was featured on a July 8, 2022, American Planning Association – Hazard Mitigation Division Webinar “Untold Stories: How a watershed partnership has resulted in flood hazard reduction and so much more!”  In addition to highlighting the role that the Urban Waters Ambassador plays in establishing partnerships and moving project forward, the webinar also highlighted hazard mitigation planning, the Lower Meramec Floodplain Management Plan and the Healthy Watershed Options Cost-Benefit Analysis. 

Meramec/Big River Watershed (MO) — The Partnership has regular meetings on source water protection projects with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. EPA, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation and The Nature Conservancy to identify projects and funding sources.

Middle Rio Grande/Albuquerque (NM) — The Middle Rio Grande/Albuquerque Urban Waters Partnership held a quarterly meeting on June 14, 2022. During the meeting, partners discussed the EJScreen tool developed by EPA and the President of Friends of Candelaria Nature Preserve gave a presentation. The Middle Rio Grande location, in partnership with the Arid Low Impact Development (Arid LID) Coalition, is also wrapping up a series of training videos and a manual on Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) maintenance for maintenance professionals.

Mystic River Watershed/Greater Boston (MA) — The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and Everett Community Growers (ECG) were awarded an EPA Environmental Justice Grant. MyRWA and ECG will use the grant to study residents’ experience with extreme heat and develop resident-led solutions in Everett, MA.

Northwest Indiana Area (IN) — On July 13, 2022, the Northwest Indiana Area Partnership held a virtual Partnership meeting. During the meeting, Daniel Suarez, Audubon Great Lakes and Harry Kuttner, Wetlands Initiative, presented on marsh restoration and community engagement along the West Branch of the Little Calumet River. Mark Bouman, Field Museum, presented on the Chicago Wilderness Mapping Hub.

Rio Reimagined – Salt / Gila River Corridor (Tempe, AZ) — Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network (SCN) hosted a workshop with community-based organization partnerships to discuss guiding principles that make partnerships successful on June 28, 2022. This workshop was a fifth in a series on Regional Infrastructure Exchange.

Bronx and Harlem River Watersheds (NY)

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, the Waterfront Alliance and other partners celebrated City of Water Day on July 16, 2022. City of Water Day offered educational activities and recreational boating and fishing at dozens of waterfronts in New York and New Jersey. City of Water Day also included online events. The theme of this year’s event was “In Your Neighborhood” and focused on how creative arts can help address the climate crisis. For more info click here.

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Mystic River Watershed/Greater Boston (MA)

MyRWA and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) used funding from the Barr Foundation to launch a COVID-Safe Cooling Strategies program in the summer of 2020. The program provides grants and technical assistance to mitigate heat impacts in seven communities most impacted by COVID-19 and extreme heat. In June 2022, MyRWA and MAPC awarded $750,000 in grants to six municipalities and 12 community-based organizations in the Boston area. To learn more about the program grantees, click here.

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South Platte River Urban Waters Partnership (Denver, CO)

The City of Englewood, CO, will receive $38 million from EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA) Program to support Englewood’s drinking water initiative. The initiative, One Water Modernization Program, works to protect the drinking water system from the impacts of extreme weather events and to reduce exposure to lead while promoting regulatory compliance. To learn about the City of Englewood project, click here.

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