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CA - U.S. EPA Program funds California watershed restoration

The California State Water Resources Control Board will use $4.4 million of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to fund projects in seven counties around the state.

EPA’s Nonpoint Source Program grant assists the State Board in implementing programs to address pollution caused by runoff moving over the ground, known as nonpoint source pollution.

The Marin Resource Conservation District was awarded over $700,000 by the State Board for its Conserving Our Watersheds Program.

This project helps ranchers within the Point Reyes National Seashore prevent nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, and bacteria from livestock operations from running off into Tomales Bay.

Tomales Bay supports oyster production and recreational activities including kayaking and fishing.

“EPA is proud to promote Marin County’s conservation program which supports effective agricultural stewardship practices that reduce sediment, nutrient, and bacteria runoff,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Water Division Director Tomás Torres. “We are pleased that this grant has empowered local stakeholders to improve water quality and the ecological health of Marin County’s watersheds.”

“Federal investment in nonpoint source solutions means the Water Board can support the Tomales Bay project and similar projects that are making water safer for our communities,” said Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board. “When federal, state, and local leadership are aligned, opportunities to protect California’s most vulnerable watersheds expand exponentially.”

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