BOSTON — EPA announced that two organizations working to revitalize the Mystic River Watershed will be awarded $120,000 in grants, according to a press release.

The grants are part of $2.1 million awarded nationally to 37 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico funded by the EPA, to restore urban waters, support community revitalization, improve water quality and other local priorities, stated the release.

To address water quality issues, $60,000 each will be granted to the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) for the “Green Infrastructure program for the Malden River,” and to Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) for the “Chelsea Creek Action Group Urban Waters Community Improvement Plan,” along the Chelsea Creek, reported the release.

The funding is through EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their surrounding land and urban waters, which includes rivers, lakes, wetlands, canals, aquifers, bays, estuaries and oceans in urbanized areas, continued the release.

“EPA funding to help protect urban waters from pollution will help protect the health of the thousands of urban dwellers who get out and enjoy recreation on our local waters,” said EPA Regional Administrator of the New England office, Curt Spalding. “We’re proud that this money will help us continue the important work to address water quality issues in the Mystic River Watershed.”

You can read the entire release here.