EPA is launching a new grant program to encourage the protection and restoration of our country's water bodies through the use of watershed approaches.
The president's fiscal year 2003 budget, which is now before Congress, incorporates a request for $21 million for this Watershed Initiative. Subject to the availability of appropriations for this purpose, EPA plans to select through a competitive process up to 20 watersheds throughout the country for grants to support promising watershed-based approaches to clean water. This notice sets forth the process that will be used for selecting the watersheds and serves as the call for nominations from governors and tribal leaders.
Governor or tribal leader nominations must be postmarked and received electronically by EPA on or before November 21, 2002. Nomination packages must be submitted both by mail or courier and electronically.
For further information, contact Carol Peterson at 202-566-1304; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information and any updated guidance will be posted on the Watershed Initiative's website at www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/initative.