The purpose of the U.S. EPA Urban Waters grant is to:
- Develop new partnerships, with special attention to low-income, non-English speaking Environmental Justice communities;
- Test stormwater messaging for effectiveness and applicability with diverse populations and age groups;
- Develop a stormwater education program that works for all groups; and
- Create a How-To-Manual and Train-the-Trainer Program
This grant served nine communities in the Northern Middlesex Region of Massachusetts, ranging from the City of Lowell to more rural towns.
The City of Lowell, MA is a gateway community, and home to immigrants from around the world. The City has an estimated Cambodian population of 30,000 residents, who arrived from a culture of political persecution. Cambodians have a history deeply tied to a river, be it the Mekong from their home nation or the Merrimack, and many have an agrarian background. The City also has a large Hispanic population of 18,000 residents (17 percent). More recent immigrant populations in the City include Burmese, African, and Iraqi refugees who have fled war-torn areas.
This section provides you with a step-by-step approach to stormwater education for YOUR community.