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FRIDAY: Federal Urban Waters Partnership to Announce New Program Locations and Partner Agencies

Release Date: 05/08/2013
Contact Information: Stacy Kika,, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – On May 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of the Interior and other federal, state and local partners, will announce that the Urban Waters Federal Partnership is adding 11 new locations and two new federal partner agencies to restore waterways, help local economies, create jobs and protect Americans’ health.

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership works to reconnect urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts to improve our Nation's water systems and promote their economic, environmental and social benefits.

Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Charlie Wooley, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Rich Sims, Northeast Regional Conservationist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
George Heartwell, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids
Chris Muller, Grand Rapids Whitewater co-founder
Mike VanGessel, Grand River Stakeholder Group Co-Chair

WHAT: Announcement of expansion of Urban Waters Federal Partnership

WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. EDT

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353

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