EPA grants $5.7 million to strengthen environmental programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a Performance Partnership grant of $5.7 million to administer water quality programs.
“The EPA is protecting the environment by engaging our state partners,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This grant should help New York meet their local environmental needs.”
“EPA has no more basic responsibility than to help states secure and protect our nation’s water,” said Acting EPA Regional Administrator Catherine McCabe. “This grant allows New York to conduct the day-to-day work necessary to run its water programs.”
The funds will go toward the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s operation of its continuing environmental programs while giving it greater flexibility to address its highest environmental priorities, improve environmental performance and strengthen its partnership with EPA. This agreement funds statewide programs to protect and improve water quality.
When the water in our rivers, lakes, and oceans become polluted, it can endanger wildlife, make our drinking water unsafe and threaten the waters in which we swim and fish. EPA supports these efforts under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.
Performance Partnership grants are important tools for EPA to provide financial assistance to states and tribes. These grants allow recipients to use EPA awards with greater flexibility for priority environmental problems or program needs, streamline paperwork and accounting procedures to reduce administrative costs, and try cross-program initiatives and approaches that were difficult to fund under traditional grant approaches.