Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

Agency: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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About The Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. This is a partnership program offered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in cooperation with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx, Southern Company and Alcoa Foundation.

Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development. Priority is given to projects in urban, suburban and/or rural areas that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities such as neighborhoods with high concentrations of minority and low-income populations. Projects that increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage these communities in the project planning, outreach and implementation will have priority for funding.

Eligible organizations include 501(c)3 organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions.

Contact Info

Danny Bowater Coordinator, Community-Based Conservation | (202) 595-2434

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