EPA's acting assistant administrator leads Earth Day celebrations

To celebrate Earth Day 2004 and 34 years of progress in environmental and human health protection, EPA will hold events across the country from April 12 - 30.

Apr 20th, 2004


April 20, 2004 -- To celebrate Earth Day 2004 and 34 years of progress in environmental and human health protection, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold events across the country from April 12 - 30.

On Apr. 16th, Kim Nelson, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information, and Benjamin Grumbles, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, presented an EPA Community Service Award to the Earth Conservation Corps for work in restoring the Anacostia River and planning for the new Anacostia Riverwalk, a 20-mile walking trail that will benefit the environment and the people who work and live near the river.

The award was followed by a hands-on demonstration of "Window to My Environment," EPA's Teen Web Site and on-line water resources information in a computer lab setting.

Federal, state and local water quality resources and Internet mapping tools are important in environmental work, such as the Anacostia Riverwalk project. Founded in 1989 as a White House initiative, the Earth Conservation Corps is a community non-profit organization that focuses on reclaiming both the environment and youth at risk in low-income communities.

The Corps provides environmental education, job training for the future 'green job market', and community service projects for disadvantaged, at-risk youth.

More information on the Earth Conservation Corps is available at: http://www.ecc1.org.

EPA's Window to My Environment mapping tool is located at: http://www.epa.gov/enviro/wme/ and the Teen Web Site is found on: http://www.epa.gov/highschool/.

On Thursday, April 15, along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Grumbles participated in an innovative technology demonstration of "active capping" and degradation of contaminated sediments with Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu and DC Mayor Anthony Williams.

EPA Region 3 and ORD also participated in the event which is one of many actions associated with the Anacostia Watershed Toxics Alliance.

On Earth Day, April 22, Grumbles will speak to the American Water Works Association meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on New Jersey Avenue in Washington, D.C.

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