EPA, other US Agencies Expand Urban Waters Effort


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency and other departments are expanding a program for restoring and improving urban waterways nationwide.

The program operates in seven locations. Officials said Friday they’re adding the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Mich., the Middle Rio Grande in Albuquerque, N.M., and nine other sites.

New sites also include the Big River and Meramec River in the St. Louis area; the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Camden, N.J., Chester, Pa., and Wilmington, Del.; the Green-Duwamish River in Seattle; the Mystic River in metropolitan Boston; Martin Pena Canal in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the Middle Blue River in Kansas City; Passaic River in Newark, N.J.; Proctor Creek in Atlanta; and Lake Erie near Toledo, Ohio.

Existing sites are in D.C., Maryland, New York, California, Louisiana and Indiana.