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Public Notice

Watershed Initiative Proposals Submitted to EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting the Watershed Initiative, a national competition to select up to 20 watersheds for grants ranging from $300,000 to $1.3 million to support promising, locally-led, watershed-based approaches to clean water. Each Governor and Tribal Leader is allowed to nominate up to two intra-state or intra-tribal watersheds and an unlimited number of inter-state or joint state and tribal watersheds for EPA selection.

The Department issued a call for nominations in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on September 11, 2002. After considering those nominations that best meet EPA's criteria of a focus on results, broad stakeholder and community support, innovation, and compatibility with other federal or state programs, Governor George E. Pataki selected two intra-state watersheds and two inter-state watersheds. These nominations have been submitted to EPA for review.

The inter-state nominees are:

The two intra-state watersheds are:

President Bush has requested $21 million in his 2003 budget for this initiative. Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum non-federal match of 25% of the total cost of the project or projects. EPA expects to announce selections in by Spring 2003.

For more information contact: Watershed Initiative, Division of Water, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3500, phone: (518) 402-8232.