EPA honors Clean Water Partners for the 21st century
Awards will be given to local agencies from across the U.S. in ceremonies Feb. 18, by EPA Administrator Christie Whitman and Assistant Administrator G. Tracy Mehan III.
Feb. 13, 2003 -- Recognizing the critical role that local governments play in protecting our nation's waters, awards will be given to local agencies from across the United States in ceremonies at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, by EPA Administrator Christie Whitman and Assistant Administrator G. Tracy Mehan III.
As part of the celebration of the Year of Clean Water proclaimed by President George W. Bush, EPA's Office of Water is recognizing extraordinary actions taken by local governments to protect watersheds over and above the requirements of the Clean Water Act. This includes such actions as restoring lakes, protecting wetlands and reducing sewer overflows.
"We received about 200 applications from across the U. S. and after careful review 79 were chosen as Clean Water Partners," said Assistant Administrator Mehan. "It is our belief that clean water begins at the local level. We applaud the efforts of all Clean Water Partners to improve the environment in the communities they serve."
Each applicant had to complete a compliance screen. Applications were reviewed by a panel including EPA, the Water Environment Federation, Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) and National League of Cities. For more information please visit the website at http://www.cleanwaterpartners.org