WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced $860,000 to help 14 communities expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change.
The funding supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which directs federal agencies to support community-based preparedness and resilience efforts across the country, reported the release.
“Investing in green infrastructure pays off for our environment and our economy. It reduces water pollution and energy consumption while creating jobs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These investments help local communities build resilient systems to protect from severe storms, floods and other impacts of climate change.”
In the last three years, EPA has provided $2.2 million to 39 communities for green infrastructure, continued the release, continuing the agency’s support for communities using green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and protect human health while increasing economic activity and neighborhood revitalization, job creation, energy savings and open space.
According to the release, the 14 cities are: Ada County, Idaho; Albuquerque, N.M.; Bath, Maine; Buffalo, N.Y.; Clarkesville, Ga.; Denver, Colo.; Fall River, Mass.; Iowa City, Iowa; Milwaukee, Wis.; Norfolk, Va.; Pueblo de Cochiti, N.M.; Saint Paul, Minn.; Santa Monica, Calif.; and Scranton, Pa.
Read the full release here.