EPA Pollution Grants Available

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- State officials are reminding Kentuckians that grants are available to help clean up polluted streams, lakes, and groundwater supplied. The United States Environmental Protection Agency will partially pay for projects that help clean up pollution.

The deadline for submitting proposals is February 3rd. The Kentucky Division of Water is the agency that awards the matching grants that pay for 60% of the overall costs of projects chosen.

The grants can be used for watershed restoration projects, watershed development plans, and for projects that reduce or prevent runoff pollution - the top contributor to water pollution in Kentucky.

Runoff can carry sediment, nutrients, pesticides, heavy metals, and both animal and human waste. It accounts for nearly two-thirds of the pollution that impairs streams and lakes in Kentucky.