Watersheds in urban and metropolitan areas of seven cities now have their own champions dedicated to improving water quality, restoring surrounding forest resources, and fostering community stewardship, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) news release. These champions, known as Urban Waters Ambassadors, are individuals who will work with a coalition of federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as local nongovernmental organizations, to improve waterways.
The Urban Water Ambassador for the Los Angeles River watershed pilot project has been selected. Ambassadors also are being selected for the Anacostia River watershed (Washington, D.C., area), Patapsco River watershed (Baltimore), Bronx and Harlem River watersheds (New York City), South Platte River (Denver), Lake Pontchartrain (New Orleans), and northwest Indiana, the release says.
The program was developed by the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, which includes 11 federal agencies. It is sponsored by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, the news release says. Ambassadors will drive community efforts to clean water and create thriving waterfronts, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said in the release. “They help the members of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership connect with the needs of the individual communities we serve, so we can put our expertise and resources to use in ways that will protect health, improve the environment, and strengthen local economies,” Jackson said.
For more information, see www.urbanwaters.gov/projects.html