CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says 21 organizations around the state are receiving grants to help protect the quality of the state's rivers and streams.

A statement from the agency says $98,360 was divided among the organizations as part of the West Virginia Stream Partners Program, which is also supported by the Division of Natural Resources, the Conservation Agency and the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

The program was established by the Legislature to encourage groups to work with state agencies to keep waterways safe for swimming, fishing and other recreation and to keep an appropriate habitat for plant and animal life.

Awards for individual organizations ranged from $2,200 to $5,000.