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Media Advisory - James City County Announces Mini-Grants To Encourage Watershed Improvements

Date: March 8, 2003

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Meddin

 

Phone: (757) 253-6859

 

(James City County) - The James City County Environmental Division today announced the creation of a special Mini-Grant program as part of its PRIDE watershed education project. PRIDE, which stands for Protecting Resources in Delicate Environments, will offers four Mini-Grants yearly of up to $250 each.

 

Mini-Grants are available to James City County neighborhoods, stormwater facility (BMP) owners, and community groups seeking to improve water quality through watershed restoration and/or protection projects such as tree planting, wetland planting, BMP restoration, and stream bank stabilization. Interested residents can qualify for a Mini-Grant by completing a simple application, which includes requests for a project description, a project budget, and a time frame for completion.

 

Projects within the bounds of a homeowners association (HOA) must be approved by the appropriate HOA, and any projects the County considers normal BMP maintenance and/or beautification will not be accepted.

 

There is no deadline for applications, which will be accepted as long as funding allows. However, projects must be completed within six months of grant approval.

 

The goal of the PRIDE watershed education program is to improve water quality in James City County by teaching residents about the importance of watershed protection while providing residents and neighborhoods with specific watershed restoration and protection tools. For more information, log on to www.protectedwithpride.org or contact Lisa Meddin, 253-6859.

 

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