Five Star Urban Waters Grants Awarded to Projects in Atlanta, Ga.
ATLANTA (August 10, 2018) – Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $30,778 grant to Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Inc. and a $29,500 grant to Trees Atlanta, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. The Blue Heron Nature Preserve will restore 2.5 acres of wetlands in Atlanta and the Trees Atlanta project will focus on the restoration of the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill in Southeast Atlanta.
“These grants will support projects that help communities improve local water quality and restore degraded wetlands and streams, both of which are critical for a healthy environment and strong economy,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “By working alongside our public and private partners, we can encourage community stewardship and incentivize innovative solutions to address today’s environmental and public health challenges.”
The Atlanta grants are among 59 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program grants awarded, totaling $2.2 million to restore wildlife habitat and urban waters in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Grantees have committed an additional $5.2 million in local project support, generating a total conservation impact of more than $7.4 million.
“EPA is proud to support community-led projects in Georgia that will help address environmental needs and challenges in priority watersheds,” said Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn. “Work by grant awardees is essential to restoring these important ecosystems and improving the quality of our lakes, rivers and streams.”
The grants are awarded through the NFWF’s Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program which supports projects that develop community stewardship of natural resources and address water quality issues in priority watersheds across the country. Support for the 2018 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program is provided by the Wildlife Habitat Council, and funding by EPA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fedex, Shell Oil Company, Southern Company and BNSF Railway.
“The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program generates measurable results for wildlife and communities across the nation,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “The 59 grants announced today will help communities improve water quality and support wildlife through a variety of conservation efforts, from the removal of invasive species and planting of native vegetation to the reduction of stormwater runoff and creation of wetlands.”
“Trees Atlanta is excited work with our many partners on the restoration of the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill. As the first project of its kind in the City of Atlanta, we are excited to demonstrate the extraordinary ecological benefits provided by the various layers of a functioning food forest,” said Trees Atlanta Co-Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Connie Veates. “The community will ultimately benefit from improved stormwater management, enhanced wildlife diversity and increased food production.”
The 2018 grant winners were selected from a highly competitive pool of more than 250 applications. A full list of 2018 projects is available here.
Since 1999, the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program has supported more than 945 projects, with more than $11.9 million in federal funds, $10.6 million in private and corporate contributions, and $74.7 million in matching funds at the local level.
For more information about the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program, visit https://www.epa.gov/urbanwaterspartners/five-star-and-urban-waters-restoration-grant-program-2018