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Urban Waters Federal Partnership Funds

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) strives to reconnect urban communities—particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed—with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies.

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) also collaborates with community-led revitalization efforts to improve our Nation's water systems and promote their economic, environmental and social benefits. The USGS joined the Partnership in Fiscal Year 2017 when the USGS National Water Quality Program (NWQP) was asked by Congress to make available Cooperative Matching Funds (CMF) to support water-quality related projects in designated UWFP locations.


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Locations of Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) Cooperative Matching Funds (CMF) projects.

Projects funded since fiscal year 2017 have supported a wide range of water-quality related monitoring, assessment, management practice evaluation, and educational activities. These projects are done in cooperation with municipal, state, and regional partners focused on restoring and revitalizing urban waterways.

USGS UWFP CMF projects selected for funding since Fiscal Year 2017