Denise Adamic (firstname.lastname@example.org)
415-972-3061"SAN FRANCISCO – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced five $30,000 grants to organizations working to address environmental justice issues in California. The recipients are among other groups in 27 states and Puerto Rico receiving competitive Environmental Justice Small Grants.
“Rural and disadvantaged communities are often disproportionately affected by environmental health risks, and at EPA we are working to reverse this trend,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “These grants support the President’s initiatives to invest in and revitalize distressed communities. By supporting often overlooked, local organizations that understand the unique challenges that their communities face, we’re better able to put in place long-term solutions to improve the environment and health of underserved areas of the country.”
“We are pleased to support projects that educate residents about environmental health, collect data about local environmental conditions, and collaboratively address environmental justice challenges in local communities,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker.
2019 Environmental Justice Small Grants recipients in California include:
Community Services Employment Training (Allensworth) will collaborate with the Allensworth Progressive Association to engage rural youth in testing treatment technology for arsenic in drinking water. The groups will work with UC Berkeley’s Gadgil Lab, the Tulare Basin Watershed Partnership, and the Allensworth Corporation to bring together approximately 20 high school students to learn about safe drinking water, conduct hands-on testing of arsenic treatment, and present findings to the community and decision makers.
"Our youth become successful community leaders when we invest in them, and this EPA Environmental Justice grant creates such an opportunity to train future environmental stewards,” said Allensworth Progressive Association President Denise Kadara."
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