The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will co-lead a team of federal partners towards a conservation initiative, a restoration project, and a pilot program for storm water permits in the Middle Rio Grande Region. There are 18 areas across the U.S. where this type of partnership is being developed to foster cooperation between federal agencies, specifically to address issues around urban waters. For more information, visit

EPA presented a grant awarding $60,000 to the Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District to improve water quality outreach and education in the Middle Rio Grande Region. RiverXchange will be a partner on this grant, providing our unique educational experience to 9 classes each year for two years.

This is a big deal! Of about 600 applications for the Urban Waters Small Grants, only 55 were selected. Grantees will become part of the Urban Waters Learning Network, and attend River Rally, May 17 – 20 in St. Louis, MO. We are excited to participate and grateful for the funding that allows us to expand the number of classrooms we serve.