In 2020, the Rio Reimagined was officially designated the 20th location for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. The designation, spearheaded and supported unanimously by the Arizona federal delegation, will result in continued Federal assistance through access to learning network resources, information on funding opportunities, and technical assistance from federal and national non-profit partners. The UWFP is supported by 15 different federal agencies and more than 28 national non-profit organizations.
THE URBAN WATERS FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP reconnects urban communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts to improve our Nation’s water systems and promote their economic, environmental and social benefits. Specifically, the Urban Waters Federal Partnership:
- Breaks down federal program silos to promote more efficient and effective use of federal resources through better coordination and targeting of federal investments.
- Recognizes and builds on local efforts and leadership, by engaging and serving community partners.
- Works with local officials and effective community-based organizations to leverage area resources and stimulate local economies to create local jobs.
- Learns from early and visible victories to fuel long-term action.
UW Partnership Principles guide the work of the partnership, both nationally and in partnership locations:
- Promote clean urban waters.
- Reconnect people to their waterways.
- Water conservation.
- Use urban water systems to promote economic revitalization and prosperity.
- Encourage community improvements through active partnerships.
- Be open and honest: listening to communities is the best way to engage them.
- Focus on measuring results and evaluation to fuel future success
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