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Up to $100,000 Available for Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns

February 8, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing today (Wednesday) that grants of up to $100,000 are available throughout the Chesapeake region, to help communities design and construct watershed protection plans. It's called the Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns initiative.

EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin is in Forest Heights, Md., to highlight what's been done with previous grants at a roundtable meeting. He says improving the health of Chesapeake Bay requires thinking "outside the pipe" – planting trees and gardens, and installing walk and bike pathways while improving storm water runoff.

"By applying these cost-effective solutions for improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay, communities are also building a stronger and more sustainable America."

Grants of up to $35,000 are available for project planning and design, with up to $100,000 available for construction.

Dr. Jana Davis, associate executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, says her group is managing the program in partnership with the EPA and the state of Maryland.

"This isn't just about the Bay; it's the local streams and the local waterways that make up the Chesapeake watershed. This idea of green streets touches on both the environmental restoration as well as the citizen stewardship."

Davis adds the beauty of the program is that it presents opportunities to boost local economies, protect water resources and create closer-knit neighborhoods.

"Help communities become greener, improve livability, walk-ability, and really get community residents reconnected with their natural environment."

Local governments and nonprofits are invited to apply in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD