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New grant funding available to support grassroots water quality projects in King County

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To bolster local efforts to protect water quality, control pollution and build healthy communities, King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is announcing $850,000 in funding for community-driven environmental projects through the new WaterWorks Grant Program. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 16.

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King County is making it easier for local community groups to launch projects that will improve water quality, control pollution and enhance the environment.

Executive Dow Constantine worked with the County Council to establish the new WaterWorks Grant program to support investments in clean water and healthy communities within the Wastewater Treatment Division’s service area.

The total available grant funding in 2015 is about $850,000 with a maximum award of $500,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Nonprofits, schools, cities, counties, special purpose districts and tribes are eligible to apply for the grants. To promote partnerships and community engagement, groups are encouraged to work together on projects.

Projects throughout the utility’s service area will be considered, including in the Green/Duwamish watershed, which would contribute to the cleanup of the Lower Duwamish and the protection of Puget Sound.

The criteria for grant application eligibility include:
• Creating a benefit to or improvement of water quality within WTD’s service area and benefit its ratepayers.
• Demonstrating that water quality benefits are related to the WTD’s regional water quality responsibilities.

Examples of the type of projects eligible for funding include: 
• Addressing a water quality problem or creating a project to maintain water quality.
• Addressing water contaminants, i.e. pollution prevention, source identification, fats/oils/grease, product stewardship, emerging chemicals, etc.
• Protecting or improving watersheds, streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and tidewaters.
• Providing education, on the ground improvement projects, programs, research, technology development, or related ideas.
• Building awareness of water quality and environmental protection and promotion of behavioral changes for improved water quality gains/outcomes.

For more information about WTD’s WaterWorks Grants, visit www.kingcounty.gov/waterworks-grants or email Water.Grants@kingcounty.gov.

This release is also posted on the Department of Natural Resources and Parks website: https://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx

Note to editors and reporters: Visit the WTD Newsroom, a portal to information for the news media about the Wastewater Treatment Division, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks: https://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Newsroom.aspx