Two environmental initiatives at William & Mary received funding in the latest round of grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE).
The William & Mary projects were among VEE awards totaling nearly $300,000 to protect and improve the state's natural resources and environment.
"The endowment is honored to partner with so many outstanding organizations focused on tangible water quality improvements, the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, sustainable land use and conservation, and environmental education across Virginia's diverse landscape," said Joseph H. Maroon, VEE executive director, in a May 20 news release. "The quality of our environment impacts every citizen throughout the Commonwealth."
Maroon also noted that the latest grant round involved the largest number of applications since 1999.
The William & Mary recipients are:
• W.M. Keck Environmental Field Lab: Support for research to examine the extent to which variation in nutrient pollution loads and sediment discharges are related to different types of land uses and best practices ($13,842).
• Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at the Law School: Support for the clinic's work to improve the Commonwealth's response to recurrent flooding by assisting localities and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in their compliance with new federal flood insurance rules, as well as support for the Clinic's second conference focusing on flooding and coastal change for state and local leaders ($30,000).
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