BOSTON — EPA grant funding has helped enable the opportunity for five local high school students to learn vital environmental protection techniques at the Lowell, Mass. Regional Wastewater Utility, according to a press release.

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) oversees the program using an EPA grant of $43,000, stated the release.

EPA’s Youth and the Environment Program, which promotes environmental education and provides high school students with increased awareness of protecting the environment and water quality within their communities, focuses on introducing economically disadvantaged inner city youth to career opportunities in the environmental field, reported the release.

“EPA is very gratified to work so closely for so long with NEIWPCC, the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility and the Career Center of Lowell to make this regional summer job program available for economically disadvantaged youth,” said EPA Regional Administrator, New England, Curt Spalding. “This innovative program helps introduce young people to a possible career path that is also a great benefit to their local community.”

Read the entire release here.