Potomac Highlands Implementation Grants Now AvailableApril 28th, 2011
Stephanie Lindloff, 518-482-2631
Amy Kober, 503-708-1145
Washington, DC – American Rivers is seeking proposals for a variety of projects aimed at protecting and restoring the Potomac Highlands, the headwaters of the river that flows through our nation’s capital, as part of its partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. These grants are designed to provide support for local communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia that are undertaking projects that emphasize stewardship of the environment, while enhancing the community, quality of life, and economy of the region.
“Rivers and streams in the Highlands have suffered from a long history of harmful logging, mining, and dam construction,” said Stephanie Lindloff, senior director for river restoration at American Rivers. “Thankfully, additional funding through the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program is now available to assist communities in addressing these problems. Protecting and restoring these rivers and streams will boost clean water, recreation, and the local economy.”
The competitive grant program will fund the implementation of a wide variety of restoration and protection projects, from acquiring riverside lands for conservation, to removing harmful dams, to cleaning up pollution from abandoned mines. For more details about this new grant program, including the full request for funding and program guidelines, see www.AmericanRivers.org/PotomacHighlands.
Proposals are currently being accepted for 2012 project funding with a deadline of August 5, 2011. Prospective applicants are also strongly encouraged to participate in an informational webinar on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 10-12 p.m. Eastern Time via the Internet or phone, details of which can also be found at the site above.