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$1,147,593 watershed grant
To: "r5news" <r5news@lists.epa.gov>
From: "Angela Bivens" <bivens.angela@epamail.epa.gov>

                  U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release
No. 04-OPA098

EPA gives Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Southwest Michigan $1,147,593
watershed grant

CHICAGO (July 20, 2004) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Mike Leavitt  announced 14 grants to fund watershed
restoration and protection projects across the country.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish band of Pottowatomi Indians, one of two EPA
Region 5 grant winners, will receive $1,147,593 for projects to restore
the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwest lower Michigan.

“Through this program, EPA lends a hand to local groups working to protect
and restore our nation’s watersheds,” said Leavitt from the banks of
Gray’s Lake, part of the upper Mississippi watershed.  “With these
watershed projects, we take a critical step forward in providing clean and
safe water for every American.”

The 2,020-square-mile watershed and 160-mile long Kalamazoo River provide
important resources that are vital to survival of the
Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish tribe.  The tribe is leading the initiative on
behalf of a watershed-wide group.

“The tribe plans to reduce agricultural runoff in the Kalamazoo River by
developing a pollutant trading program,” said Bharat Mathur, Acting EPA
Regional Administrator.

The project will build on previous trading experiences in Michigan to
develop, test and implement the tools and infrastructure to create a model
water quality trading market.

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Detailed information about these projects and the Targeted Watersheds
Grant Program is available at:
http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/initiative.


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