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Watershed Classification Systems Development Grants Awarded

Release Date: 10/31/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(10/31/03) Grants to design water monitoring programs, prioritize impaired watersheds for restoration and diagnose biological losses in a variety of aquatic ecosystems have been awarded by EPA. More than $4 million for projects were funded through the EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program and awarded to the following universities: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., for $900,000; Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., for $842,000; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., for $875,000; Utah State University, Logan, Utah, for $850,000; and University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., for $664,000. Before efforts to remediate an impaired watershed can begin, water system managers need a way to assess the nature of the water quality problem. State, tribal and local agencies will be able to use these classification systems for risk assessment, watershed management and tracking specific pollutants. For more information, go to: and the EPA STAR program at: .