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Alabama Rivers Ecosystem Project

Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period November 1, 2002–October 31, 2004
  • Location Tallahassee, FL, United States
  • Geographic Focus Alabama

About this grant

For more than 20 years, the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation has provided technical assistance to citizen leaders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on pollution problems in Alabama. Since 1999, the project has been monitoring implementation of state and federal water quality policies and developing recommendations for institutional reform of the state’s environmental agencies.Multiyear funding will support continued activities that include promoting viable institutional reform within the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM); working to reduce pollution levels in impaired Alabama waterways; and preventing degradation of high-quality waters.Recent accomplishments included decreasing the amount of biological and chemical waste that can be discharged by promoting water-use classification upgrades for 33 waterways; protecting some of the state’s highest-quality waters by promoting full public participation in the development of new antidegradation procedures within ADEM; and publishing a report on viable solutions to documented problems that inhibit the state’s environmental protection agencies from fulfilling their missions.