We’ve all seen it: Unsightly and harmful piles of plastic bottles, trash and other debris floating in the water and on the shoreline. It’s an increasing problem, rearing its head as cosmetic eyesores along shorelines, and silently killing marine animals and ecosystems below the water’s surface.
Thankfully, there’s an increasing awareness forming; educating and alerting the public to the harmful impact of debris and what can be done to mitigate it.
Supporting US based marine cleanup efforts, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program has announced their 10th annual “Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant Opportunity.” In 2015 they awarded almost 1.4 million dollars between 13 organizations to support water clean-up projects. This year, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is prepared to award 2 million dollars to “locally-driven, marine debris assessment and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways and NOAA trust resources”.
This grant opportunity comes from the Marine Debris Program within NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Their mission is to increase public awareness and education of marine debris issues to identify and prevent debris pollution in our water sources. Whether you’re concerned about marine debris affecting aquatic underwater life, or the visible shoreline blemishes above water, opportunities like these are crucial for local initiatives to drive action and awareness.
You can read more here on NOAA’s Blog:
(For more about the effects of water pollution and prevention, see: water pollution solutions)
If, like GEI Works, your organization is dedicated to the conservation of marine habitats, waterway cleanup efforts, or raising public education and awareness on the importance of debris removal, we encourage you to apply for this funding!
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