On May 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will award $229 million to New Jersey and $340 million to New York in grants to improve water quality following Hurricane Sandy. The grants will be in the form of state revolving funds for clean water and drinking water; Congress appropriated money for these funds in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The two states will create a priority ranking system to judge projects; the EPA said high priority should be given to projects that ensure water quality or ensure the greatest protection to drinking water systems.