Updated March 28 at 6:28pm

EPA awards ‘healthy communities’ grant


BOSTON – Three Rhode Island projects were awarded funding by the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office, along with 10 other regional projects, on Tuesday.

Childhood Lead Action Project was awarded $25,000 for its “Up to Code Providence” project to include childhood asthma as one of the severe health outcomes resulting from mold, pests, lead hazards or unsafe renovation practices that the scope of work is designed to combat.

Save The Bay was awarded $34,556 for a project to assess coastal adaptation techniques and provide planning tools to at-risk towns. The project is called the “Flood Hazard Reduction and Water Quality Improvement in the Upper Narragansett and Mount Hope Bay Watersheds.”

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey was awarded $39,209 for its “Expanding Watershed Counts” project to develop a consensus-based freshwater quality indicators for the rivers and streams in the Narragansett Bay watershed.

The EPA gave the awards through the 2011 Healthy Communities Grant Program, totaling $372,000 in New England. The projects funded through the program work are expected to result in reduced environmental risk, protection, improvement of human health and improvements to the quality of life for communities across New England, an EPA news release said.


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