EPA: $8.5 Million to Support Green Infrastructure Projects for Great Lakes Cities

By KBJR News 1

EPA: $8.5 Million to Support Green Infrastructure Projects for Great Lakes Cities

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM CST

Chicago, IL (NNCNOW.com) --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited the 22 largest U.S. Great Lakes shoreline cities to apply for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding for green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.

“These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used for green infrastructure projects to reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches and impair Great Lakes water quality,” says Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman.

Up to $8.5 million is available to U.S. Great Lakes shoreline cities in the following amounts:

- Population greater than 500,000 (Up to $1,000,000)
- Population from 100,000 - 499,999 (Up to $500,000)
- Population from 50,000 - 99,999 (Up to $250,000)

Officials say eligible cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of rain gardens, bio-swales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches and other green infrastructure measures installed on public property.

Cities are encouraged to work with non-governmental organizations and private sector partners on these projects.

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