Purpose of this program:
To support innovative, community-based watershed approaches aimed at preventing, reducing, or eliminating water pollution. The Watershed Initiative will provide resources in the form of grants, tools, training, and technical expertise and assistance to communities to bolster their efforts to expand and improve existing water protection measures. Funds will be awarded to assist watershed partnerships comprised of local, State, Indian Tribe, and interstate agencies and other public or nonprofit organizations in developing, implementing, and demonstrating on-the-ground projects to improve or maintain water quality. Funding Priority: To build upon the concepts behind the Agency's watershed approach, this grant program focuses on innovative, wide-reaching plans to restore, preserve, or protect the nation's waters. The cornerstones of the program include diverse partnerships, ready to implement projects, and tangible, measurable environmental results in a short time frame.