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Alaska Awards More Than $300,000 in Clean Water Actions Grants

Health and WellnessA wide range of organizations are the recipients of $304,020 in Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) grants in the summer of 2015. The ACWA partnership between the Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Fish and Game, and Natural Resources awarded 17 grants to assist the State in achieving its clean water goals. The grants focus efforts on waters in greatest need of protection and restoration.

"This grant program allows us to direct federal funds to important clean water projects throughout the State of Alaska," said Michelle Hale, Director of DEC's Division of Water. "Many of the projects awarded augment work being done by other federal, state, and local entities. For example, the Fairbanks Complete Street Construction project is taking advantage of the City of Fairbanks’s Complete Streets Cushman Street upgrade to implement green infrastructure applications.”

In addition, many of the projects will help to solve longstanding environmental problems. For example, the project in Anchorage is working with the Municipality to make sure the parks are free of dog feces and reduce the impacts from migratory fowl on our waterways.

ACWA grants are balanced between projects that protect at-risk waters and projects that restore waters considered polluted or impaired. The grant funds come from a combination of federal water quality grants with matching funds provided by the project grant recipient.

For more information about ACWA and the list of priority waters and actions, see

Source: Press release.

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