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EPA to fund water quality education for New York City high schoolers

April 2, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $82,000 to encourage careers in environmental protection among Bronx high school students. The funding will be used to educate New York City high school students about water quality and wastewater treatment and prepare them for environmental careers.

“The EPA encourages young people to learn more about their local environment and get involved in projects to protect it,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "This grant will give participating students the tools to work in the environmental field.”

The New York City "Youth in the Environment" initiative will place high school students in a mentored summer work program with New York City's Department of Environmental Protection. The students will work in the DEP’s wastewater division, where they will be trained in health and safety and learn about educational and career opportunities in environmental fields. According to EPA, this program will provide the students with the workforce skills needed in the fields of water and wastewater treatment, while reinforcing interests in math, science, technology and teamwork.

This grant will also provide opportunities for up to six New York City college students to serve as youth mentors for the program's high school students.