Wednesday, August 23, 2017

GLRI funds green infrastructure in 13 cities

Thirteen cities in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin will receive a combined total of $2 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants for green infrastructure project intended to improve water quality at public beaches.


“Lake Erie is a part of who we are as Ohioans,” U.S. Sen. Robert Portman (R-OH) said. “It supports a multi-billion dollar fishing industry and it’s our top tourist destination. It also provides drinking water to 3 million Ohioans. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helps protect the lake by bringing federal agencies together with the state of Ohio to address the greatest threats to the lake — threats like harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and contamination. Today’s grants to five Ohio cities will make a difference in these communities, and help ensure that we preserve the lake for future generations.”

The grants are part of the GLRI’s Shoreline Cities program and include infrastructure initiatives such as rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement, all of which are geared toward improving the lake’s water quality, which benefits both public health and the Great Lakes ecosystem. The projects will directly benefit Lakes Erie, Michigan and Superior.

"Our beaches are the window to the Great Lakes for millions of residents and visitors from around the world,” Environmental Protection Agency Senior Advisor Cameron Davis said. “The purpose of the GLRI grants announced today is to protect public health and give more people the chance to swim, recreate and connect with the Great Lakes.”

 

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