BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two grants totaling $237,181 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality and the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality received $133,181 authorized under the Clean Water Act to fund North Dakota’s Water Quality Management Planning program. This statewide program is designed to increase public awareness and understanding regarding the protection and improvement of water quality.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission received $104,000 authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act to fund the State Underground Water Source Protection program in North Dakota. The funds will be used to help implement this program to ensure that underground sources of drinking water are protected from endangering injection activities.