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EPA Project XL: Southern Kentucky Pre-Planning Task Force

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ran Project XL (“eXcellence in Leadership”) from 1995 to 2002. This national program sought to get businesses, state and local governments, and federal facilities to work with the EPA to develop and test innovative approaches to achieve better and more cost-effective environmental and public health protection. More than 50 environmental innovation pilot projects were ultimately funded under Project XL.


In 2000 and 2001, Meridian Institute assisted a multi-stakeholder task force in southern Kentucky that was working to collaboratively develop a proposal for an XL pilot project. The proposal concerned the issue of nonpoint source pollution in the region and ways to conduct watershed planning that considered both water quality and water quantity. With funding from an EPA pre-planning grant, Meridian facilitated several meetings of the task force, which was composed of representatives from the regional EPA office; local NGOs, businesses, and chambers of commerce; local, county, and state governments; and academia.

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