State offers clean water actions funding

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials are accepting applications through Feb. 15 for up to $445,000 in clean water project action grants this year, a total up by $100,000 over the previous year.

The Alaska Clean Water Actions grant program is operated by DEC, in conjunction with the Departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Game, and directs federal pass through funds to communities and citizens groups for projects that monitor, protect and restore Alaska’s high priority water bodies.

The grant program is one important way that DEC works with local entities to improve water quality throughout the state, said Michelle Hale, DEC’s director of the Division of Water.

This year’s grants include new funds provided by the federal government to promote sewage pump-outs in harbors. DEC has also worked to streamline the application process, she said.

More information about the ACWA grant priorities and the solicitation process is at

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