BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore is one of seven pilot cities nationwide participating in the rollout of a new federal urban waters initiative.

Eleven federal agencies led by the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior and Agriculture are spearheading the effort.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar plan to announce the initiative Friday morning at Baltimore’s Middle Branch Park.

In addition to Baltimore’s Patapsco watershed, other pilot locations in the program are the Anacostia in the District of Columbia and Maryland; the Bronx and Harlem River watersheds in New York; the South Platte River in Denver, the Los Angeles River watershed; the Lake Pontchartrain area in New Orleans; and the northwest Indiana area.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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