Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)
Community Profiles 2008
- Georgia: South Atlanta for the Environment (SAFE) Coalition, Atlanta
- Hawaii: Wai’anaee Coast Oahu, Kailua
- Indiana: Improving Kids Environment (IKE), Indianapolis
- Kansas: Environmental Sustainability for Salina Community, Manhattan
- Kansas: Wichita, Kansas Initiative to Renew the Environment, Kansas City
- Maryland: Healthy Homes and Communities Initiative, Baltimore
- New Jersey: Trenton CARES Green Initiative, Trenton
- New Mexico: Community Action for a Healthy Environment, Ship Rock (Navajo Nation)
- Rhode Island: Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Providence
- Texas: Community Alliance to Reduce Individual Impact, Houston
- West Virginia: National Institute for Chemical Studies, South Charleston
- Wisconsin: Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment, Milwaukee
- Wyoming: Wind River Environmental Justice Project, Ethete
- Georgia: Harambee House, Inc. / Citizens for Environment Justice, Savannah
- Massachusetts: Somerville Community Design, Somerville
- Oregon: Healthy Places, Healthy People Project, Portland
- Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia Clean Air Council, Philadelphia
- Virgin Islands: Coral Bay Watershed Management, St. John
Community Action for a Healthy Environment
Shiprock, New Mexico (Navajo Nation)
EPA Region 9
Community Action for a Healthy Environment is a recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. This project will be administered through the Dine Environmental Institute (DEI), located at the Shiprock campus of Dine College. DEI will coordinate with the Dine Policy Institute (DPI). This project will focus on the Shiprock community, which based on 2000 census data, has 9,129 people and 2,499 households. Native Americans make up the majority and African Americans are the minority. About 38 percent of families and 39 percent of the population live below the poverty line. The environmental and public health issues affecting the Shiprock community include coal-fired power plants, gas and oil well operations, uranium mining, and illegal dumping. All of the stated sources of exposure pose environmental hazards affecting the quality of the air, water, and soil. This project will create an effective, long-term partnership that can take action, mobilize resources and improve the environmental quality of the Shiprock community.
Prospective CARE Partners: Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation, U. S. Department of the Interior, Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, Navajo Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Department, The Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources, Navajo Environmental Protection Administration, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, Navajo Abandoned Mines Reclamation Department, and U.S. Public Health Service -- Indian Health Services Office of Environmental Health and Engineering.
South Atlanta for the Environment (SAFE) Coalition
EPA Region 4
The South Atlanta for the Environment (SAFE) Coalition is a recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. The SAFE Coalition will be convened by ECO-Action working in partnership with the Dirty Truth Campaign. ECO-Action works with Georgia communities confronting environmental health threats. ECO-Action has partnered with the Dirty Truth Campaign, an advocacy and base-building organization that addresses the issue of environmental degradation. The SAFE Coalition has identified several environmental issues concerning 24 Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs). Some of the environmental challenges are soil and surface water contamination, childhood lead poisoning, toxics, air pollution and many different hazardous waste materials. Under CARE, The SAFE Coalition will bring stakeholders together to work collaboratively to identify and reduce exposure to toxics.
Prospective CARE Partners: Atlanta Braves, local grocers, Great Dane Trailers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- Pollution Assistance Division, Annie E. Casey Foundation, NPU-V, Adair Park, City of Atlanta, REOVendor, and Georgia State University.
Wai’anaee Coast Oahu
EPA Region 9
The Wai’anaee Coast Oahu is the recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. The Pacific American Foundation (PAF) is a non-profit organization that will be the lead for the CARE Wai’anaee Coast Oahu project. PAF serves the interest of Native Hawaiians for the purpose of planning, conducting, or administering programs for the benefit of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The CARE project will assess the impact of humans and pollutants on four area streams -- Nanakuli, Ulehawa, Kaupuni, and Makaha -- by gathering and consolidating existing water quality data and conducting site walks to gather visual data. Some human activities in and near streams adversely affect the subsistence and recreation use of the Wai’anaee coast near-shore waters. Some of the environmental impacts are runoff from agricultural lands (which includes pollutants or toxics such as silt, herbicides, pesticides and animal wastes), runoff from urban lands (which include toxics such as oils, grease and paint products), pollution from dumping trash in streambeds, and bioaccumulation of mercury in fish along the Wai’anaee coast.
Prospective CARE Partners: City & County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services Storm Water System, Chaminade University Environmental Studies, Makaha.
Improving Kids Environment (IKE)
EPA Region 5
Improving Kids Environment (IKE) is the recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. IKE will build upon its successful Environmental Justice and Childrens Health Collaborative to expand the Martindale-Brightwood Environmental Justice Collaborative, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and undertake an analysis of the community utilizing the CARE Roadmap approach. Martindale-Brightwood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Indianapolis. The community is both heavily industrialized and residential. According to EPA EnviroMapper, 14 facilities within the neighborhood boundaries release air pollution. This CARE project will: collect existing environmental and public health data on known and potential sources of exposure to toxic pollutants, establish data analysis and prioritization methods, provide communication, outreach and education to the community and build community capacity to ensure a sustainable neighborhood-based organization that will develop and implement local risk reduction activities for toxic pollutants. The additional goals of IKE are to: (1) identify environmental health threats to children; (2) ensure that parents and others who help children have access to information about these threats and the means to protect against them; (3) support the activities of those organizations striving to remove, reduce, and communicate these threats; and (4) promote practical means to remove or reduce recognized, serious threats that are not being addressed effectively.
Prospective CARE Partners:Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis, City of Indianapolis, Scott United Methodist Church, Marion County Health Department, Indiana Finance Authority, Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety, Making Connections, Martindale-Brightwood NAACP, Childrens Health Services Research-Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Community Resurrection Partnership.
Environmental Sustainability for Salina Community
EPA Region 7
The Environmental Sustainability for the Salina Community project is recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. The Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) at Kansas State University will be administering this project, with assistance from the Kansas PRIDE program. PPI provides ways to eliminate and/or reduce pollution before it is generated by:
- Changing materials, practices, or technology;
- Increasing efficient use of raw materials, energy, water, and other resources; and
- Developing and providing guidance on existing and future regulations so businesses and communities can achieve regulatory compliance, reduce wastes and emissions and reduce regulatory requirements.
The CARE project will build on existing desires of community members to conserve, protect, restore, and preserve the health of the Salina community and its ecosystem. This project will give community stakeholders the opportunity to participate in an organized partnership to identify environmental health risks related to multi-media pollutants in the community. Some of the more significant community concerns include water contamination associated with degradation products, contaminated groundwater plumes, and toxic and chemical releases such as lead compounds and ammonia contaminating the air. Several environmentally-related public meetings have been held in the past few years to address water quality, lack of water supply, river restoration, climate change, and energy dependence on coal-fired power plants.
Prospective CARE Partners: The Land Institute, Salina League of Women Voters, Salina County Health Department, City of Salina, Smoky Hills Audubon Society, The Schwan Food Company, Salina Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension Central Kansas Extension District #3, K-State Research and Extension Department of Agronomy, and the K-State Department of Arts, Science, and Business.
Wichita, Kansas Initiative to Renew the Environment
Kansas City, Kansas
EPA Region 7
The Wichita, Kansas Initiative to Renew the Environment (WKIRE) is the recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health is the lead administrator for this project. WKIRE will serve the Inner-city Corridor of Wichita, where the population is just under 200,000. This area is a predominately low- to middle- income area of the city and is home to most of the minority population of Wichita. The WKIRE project will create and sustain collaborative partnerships dedicated to understanding, informing the community about, and prioritizing toxic risks and environmental pollutants. The inner-city corridor contains high levels of toxics and environmental pollutants from ground- and surface- water contamination due to industrial solvents, heavy farming and runoff. In addition, there are numerous closed dumps and landfills where trash has been pushed into sandpits, ponds, and low areas along the rivers, and trash is scattered throughout the WKIRE project area.
Prospective CARE Partners: Wichita Independent Neighborhood (WIN) Association, Riverside Citizens Association, Sleepy Hollow Neighborhood Association, El Pueblo Neighborhood Association, Orchard Park Neighborhood Association, Fabrique Neighborhood Association, Visioneering Wichita, 21st Street Business Association, ISI Environmental, Boeing, Cessna Textron, Hawker Beechcraft, Spirit, City Manager’s Office, City of Wichita, City of Wichita Environmental Services, Mayor of Wichita, Wichita City Council, and the Sedgwick County Health Department.
Healthy Homes and Communities Initiative
EPA Region 3
The Healthy Homes and Communities Initiative is a recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) created the Healthy Homes and Communities Initiative to reduce health disparities in asthma, lead poisoning and injuries among city residents. Southwest Baltimore is the focus community for the CARE project, which is a low-income, largely African American area located west of downtown Baltimore and north of the Chesapeake Bay. The community is made up of 12 neighborhoods.
The Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry identifies five facilities in Southwest Baltimore’s neighborhoods that produced toxic wastes, zinc, ethylene glycol, and polycyclic aromatic compounds. These neighborhoods also face housing environmental hazards including lead, mold, leaks, structural deficiencies, poor indoor air quality, and inadequate ventilation, which are associated with lead poisoning, asthma and other respiratory diseases. The project will develop community environmental health leadership capacity in Southwest Baltimore and will draw upon the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health for its methodology in identifying and prioritizing environmental health risks.
Prospective CARE Partners: Baltimore Station, Barre Community Association, CONNOR Environmental, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Parks and People Foundation, Inc., Southwest Baltimore Charter School, BCHD’s Environmental Health Division, Morrell Park Community Association, Baltimore City Department of Planning, Baltimore City Sustainability Commission, John Hopkins University, University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Furbish Co.
Trenton CARES Green Initiative
Trenton, New Jersey
EPA Region 2
The Trenton CARES Green Initiative is the recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. According to the 2005 American Community Survey, approximately 50 percent of residents in Trenton are black/African American, 30 percent Hispanic or Latino, and 20 percent are white. The purpose of the project is to build on and leverage the efforts of the Trenton Green Initiative with a community-based approach to identify and prioritize environmental issues and concerns. Trenton will develop a Green Plan that will focus on reducing Trenton’s carbon footprint. Through the CARE project, the Trenton Green Initiative will build effective, long-term collaborative partnerships from a wide swath of stakeholders, including community organizations, residents, businesses, and governments. The project will also provide a toolbox to help the community determine and assess potential sources of exposure to toxic pollutants.
Prospective CARE Partners: Board of Public Utilities, Capital City Redevelopment Corp., Capital Health System, Children’s Futures, City Works/East Trenton Collaborative, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Habitat for Humanity, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, Isles, Inc., Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey, New Jersey Transit, Public Service Electric & Gas, Regional Plan Association, St. Francis Medical Center, and Trigen Energy Corp.
Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island in Providence, RI
Providence, Rhode Island
EPA Region 1
Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJLRI) in Providence, Rhode Island, is a recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. EJLRI is an alliance of individuals and organizations working together to promote environmental justice through advocacy, education, networking, organizing, and research. Rhode Island’s capitol city, Providence, is the target community for this project and is the state’s largest environmental justice community. EJLRI is particularly interested in Providence’s low income and non-white residents. Through the CARE project, EJLRI will work with Providence residents and stakeholders to determine the sources of existing and potential risks from toxics and environmental pollutants. Under the CARE cooperative agreement, EJLRI will conduct research, produce reports, and organize public events. The alliance will set priorities for pollution reduction, inventory and highlight community assets, and take action in the community to reduce exposure to harmful substances. EJLRI also aims to develop a Community Environmental College in partnership with Brown University that will offer free classes to people of all ages.
Prospective CARE Partners: The Childhood Lead Action Project, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Southside Community Land Trust, the Woonsocket River Watershed Council, Rhode Island Legal Services, Brown University, Brown University’s Superfund Community Outreach Core, Hartford Park Residents Association, Toxics Action Center, Toxics Information Project, Environmental Council of Rhode Island, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), Environment Rhode Island, and Rhode Island Department of Health.
Community Alliance to Reduce Individual Impact
EPA Region 6
Community Alliance to Reduce Individual Impact is the recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. The lead agency administering this cooperative agreement is Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES). Harris county, located 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and approximately 1,700 square miles, has a minority population of 38 percent Hispanic and 18 percent African American. HCPHES has identified many environmental problems facing the county area, with the primary concern being air pollution from a number of petroleum, refining, chemical and manufacturing facilities, and diesel particulate matter. A second concern is water contamination caused by bacteria counts higher than water quality standards and the presence of organic or pesticide residues. Through the CARE project, HCPHES will help reduce toxic pollution in air, water and land (solid waste) through community partnership, environmental assessment, education and sustained environmental stewardship by the community.
Prospective CARE Partners: Mothers for Clean Air, Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention (GHASP), Pleasantville Environmental Coalition, North Channel Chamber of Commerce, Harris County Public Infrastructure Department, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Citizens Environmental Coalition, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Environmental Toxins Stakeholder Group.
National Institute for Chemical Studies
South Charleston, West Virginia
EPA Region 3
The National Institute for Chemical Studies (NICS) is a recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. NICS is a non-profit organization located within the Kanawha Valley, a major chemical manufacturing area since the early 20th century. NICS was established specifically to facilitate communication among the public, regulators, and the numerous chemical plant operations on citizens’ exposure to chemicals and their toxic risks, as well as to facilitate the development of emergency contingency plans with industry. Many of NICS’s programs are designed to empower and educate citizens. Important goals are to help citizens understand risks and to reduce risks from toxics in the air, water, and the land. The Institute also will use numerous forums to collaborate with stakeholders to help citizens better understand the short- and long-term health effects from their exposure to toxics. NICS will expand and enhance the current collaborative community-based partnership in the targeted area of Dunbar, the Institute and South Charleston, and will develop a list of priorities to address the long-term reduction of risk from exposure to environmental pollutants through a consensus process. NICS will also create the foundation for establishing a self-sustaining group of stakeholders to implement further risk-reduction programs and continue to improve the local environment.
Prospective CARE Partners: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, CAP, West Virginia State University, Sub Area Community Improvement Council, and Department of Health & Human Resources Bureau for Public Health Office of Environmental Health Services.
Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment
EPA Region 5
The Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment is a recipient of the Level I CARE cooperative agreement. The Institute for Urban Health Partnerships, a center of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing, will be the lead administrator of this project. The community of focus will be Westlawn, the largest low-income, public housing development in Wisconsin. Located in the Milwaukee area, Westlawn faces a wide range of environmental risks: poor air quality, chemical releases, lead exposure hazards, and poor water quality. The CARE project will convene the Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment to join community stakeholders to form a broad-based partnership dedicated to reducing toxics. This stakeholder group will assess the toxics problems in the community and will consider options for reducing risks.
Prospective CARE Partners: Environmental Sustainability, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, University of Milwaukee Wisconsin, Silver Spring Community Nursing Center, Havenwoods State Forest, Havenwood Economic Development Corporation, Westlawn Residents Council, Redemption Lutheran Church, Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Milwaukee Health Department.
Wind River Environmental Justice Project
EPA Region 8
The Wind River Environmental Justice Project is the recipient of a Level I CARE cooperative agreement. Through this project, Wind River Alliance (WRA), a cross-cultural, community organization based on the Wind River Indian Reservation, will implement a public awareness campaign to generate broad-based tribal and community support with the goal of understanding environmental impacts in the lower Wind River area and building consensus on priorities for reducing risks. This project will focus on the community in the area of the Northern Arapaho community of St. Stephens, which is mostly populated by Northern Arapaho tribal members. WRA will implement a multi-faceted, community-wide effort to improve environmental literacy, develop cultural assets, monitor natural resources, and track trends in environmental impacts. It will also expand current efforts to develop community leadership and capacity through community organizing and education, policy development, coalition- and alliance-building. This project will build on a 2006 EPA-funded environmental justice project in which WRA examined the community’s exposure to environmental risks and researched the impacts of environmental contaminants in surface and ground water.
Prospective CARE Partners: St. Stephens High School, Arapahoe Elementary School, U.S. Geological Survey, Devon Energy, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northern Arapaho Business Council, Eastern Shoshone Business Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Game and Fish, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Wind River Reservation, UNITY (National Native Youth Organization), Wind River Environmental Quality Commission, Office of the Tribal Water Engineer, Northern Arapaho Elders Council, State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Wyoming State Engineers Office, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Wyoming Association of Churches, Trout Unlimited, and River Network.
Harambee House, Inc. / Citizens for Environment Justice
EPA Region 4
The Harambee House, Inc. / Citizens for Environmental Justice (HH/CFEJ) are recipients of a Level II CARE cooperative agreement, building on a Level I award of 2006. HH/CFEJ is a seven-year-old community-based organization in Savannah, GA, focusing on environmental justice, environmental stewardship, and community and youth development. HH/CFEJ will focus primarily on the Hudson Hill and Woodville neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are predominately African American and 30 percent of the population lives at or below the poverty line. A chemical of great concern is the release of the by-product dioxin from the production activities of International Paper and Weyerhaeuser Companies. Other community concerns focus on reducing sulfur, volatile organic compounds, fine particles and nitrogen oxides. During the CARE II process, this project will help build community assets, engage faculty and students, and increase the lab and technology resources of the historically black colleges and universities. This Level CARE II project will also expand industry participation in the partnership. Building on the Level I CARE project, HH/CFEJ will take action to reduce the risk from lead through the Lead Awareness and Abatement Campaign.
Established CARE Partners: Office of the Mayor, Savannah, GA, City of Savannah -- City Council, Commissioners of Chatham County, Woodville Community Action Organization, The Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, The Hazardous Waste Management Branch of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Chatham County Health Department -- Environmental Health Division, Regensis Economic Development Organization, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, Savannah State University -- Department of Natural Sciences, Good Service LLC, Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Shinhoster Group International, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Newborn Church of Faith in Christ, Abyssinia Baptist Church, CJ’s Management & Consulting Service, and the Southeast Community Research Center.
Somerville Community Design
EPA Region 1
Somerville Community Design is a recipient of a Level II CARE cooperative agreement. The lead of this project is the Groundwork Somerville organization, which will collaborate with the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Somerville Community Corp. and Somerville Community Health Agenda for the implementation of the Somerville Community Design project. This project will address the target area of Somerville, MA, an urban area just outside of Boston. The City of Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England, with approximately 18,400 residents per square foot. The key environmental burdens are land and air pollution. The main goal of the project is to bring together a broad-based, collaborative partnership that works toward remediation of environmental risks in the community and that creates an even broader working group to affect local land use policy and planning. Also, the project will provide information, tools and technical assistance to the community and will ensure that community input is a vital part of the planning process for land use and reducing environmental pollutants.
Established CARE Partners: Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Community Health Agenda, City of Somerville Massachusetts -- Office of Sustainability and Environment, and The Union Square Main Streets.
Healthy Places, Healthy People Project
EPA Region 10
The Healthy Places, Healthy People Project is a recipient of a Level II CARE cooperative agreement. The Josiah Hill, III Clinic (JHC), the lead organization for the project, was formed in 1997 from a volunteer effort by the late physician assistant and community activist, Josiah Hill, III. Healthy Places, Healthy People will focus the project’s efforts in North/Northeast Portland. North/Northeast Portland is a geographic community comprised of approximately 30 Portland neighborhoods that represent part of the city's most under-served and often under-represented, diverse residents. The project will focus on reducing toxins found in and around home environments, educating landlords and property owners about less toxic alternatives for maintenance and building, and promoting green alternatives for goods and services.
Established CARE Partners: Enterprise Community, Multnomah County Health Department -- Environmental Health, Multnomah County -- Sustainability Program, North/ Northeast Business Association, Lutheran Community Services, Portland State University, Northeast Health Foundation, and Organizing People -- Activating Leaders.
The Philadelphia Clean Air Council
EPA Region 3
The Philadelphia Clean Air Council is the recipient of a Level II CARE cooperative agreement. Through the Reducing Pollution in Southeast Philadelphia Port Communities project, the Clean Air Council will apply citizen-based advocacy and neighborhood partnerships to improve air quality in Southeast Philadelphia. Building on successful progress of Clean Air Council’s Level I CARE project, the Council will continue to work with the community on the Port Environmental Task Force. A significant portion of the work plan will include measurable toxic reductions at Packer Terminal and the nearby community in Southeast Philadelphia. The Clean Air Council, in partnership with the Southeast Philadelphia community leaders and the port operators, identified idling vehicles as a major concern. Through this project, the Council will build on success of the established partnership by implementing a multi-tiered project that will reduce toxics at the port and its impact on the community. Southeast Philadelphia, rich in racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, is a densely populated, congested urban area with significant educational, economic, and quality of life challenges. The Clean Air Council takes a comprehensive approach to improving air quality, working to strengthen the community’s ability to identify toxic threats and facilitating the creation of collaborative, common sense strategies for addressing these threats.
Established CARE Partners: Energy Co-op, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Delaware River Keeper Network, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, City of Philadelphia, Delaware River Basin Commission, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, Packer Marine Terminal (Greenwich), Holt Logistics Corp., Tioga Marine Terminal (Delaware River Stevedores), Pier 82 (Horizon), Pier 84 (Dependable Distribution), U.S. Coast Guard, Pilot’s Association for the Bay & River Delaware, United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia, Youth Leadership Council, Seaman’s Church Institute of Philadelphia, Jewish Community Senior Center of South Philadelphia, Queen Village Neighbors Association (QVNA), and Pennsylvania Migrant Education at Houston House.
Coral Bay Watershed Management
St. John, Virgin Islands
EPA Region 2
The Coral Bay Watershed Management is a recipient of the Level II CARE cooperative agreement. The Coral Bay Community Council, Inc. (CBCC), the lead organization for this project, is actively involved in community planning and serves as an environmental watch dog. Coral Bay is a remote, rural community of 1,500 people with about 50 small retail and service businesses in a 3,000 acre watershed, known as the Coral Bay Watershed. The largest environmental issue recognized by the community is the need to address the multiple negative impacts and associated cumulative risks from uncontrolled storm water runoff into Coral Bay. The CBCC will use the Level II CARE cooperative agreement to continue and expand its collective efforts to stop erosion, sediment, and storm-water pollution of Coral Bay, improve solid waste management, and heighten awareness about other toxic pollution issues by implementing the recently completed Coral Bay Watershed Management Plan.
Established CARE Partners: U.S. Virgin Islands -- Department of Planning and Natural Resources, U. S. Virgin Islands Office of the Governor, Virgin Islands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., Donna M. Christensen -U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Island Green Building Association, Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, Maho Bay Camps, Harmony Studios -- Estate Concordia Preserve, Department of Planning and Natural Resources -- Coastal Zone Management Program, National Park Service -- Virgin Islands National Park, and Department of Planning and Natural Resources -- Division of Planning.