EPA green infrastructure grant to help improve Lake Michigan water quality

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GREEN BAY, WI, Mar. 3, 2014 -- On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of a $500,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the city of Green Bay, Wis., to fund a green infrastructure project to improve water quality in Lake Michigan.

EPA Region-5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman joined Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and the Friends of Bay Beach at the historic Bay Beach Amusement Park to announce the grant. "This grant will be used to install permeable pavement and bio-filter gardens in the Bay Beach Park to prevent untreated stormwater runoff from contaminating Lake Michigan," said Hedman.

Green Bay is one of 16 cities to receive funding in the initial round of EPA's new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grant program. These grants will be used to fund up to 50 percent of the cost of green infrastructure projects on public property. The projects include rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches, and other green infrastructure measures designed to improve water quality in the Great Lakes basin.

For more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative or Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants, visit www.glri.us.

See also: "Great Lakes shoreline cities offered $8.5M in EPA green infrastructure projects"

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