EPA: $3 Million to Restore St. Louis River

By KBJR News 1

EPA: $3 Million to Restore St. Louis River

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control announced $3 million to help restore the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

The EPA says they will provide $2.2 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds and the MPCA will bring in an additional $1.1 million through the Minnesota Clean Water Fund.

The $3 million will be used to assess cleanup options at three sites; develop engineering plans for the restoration of seven sites; evaluate the potential use of dredged river sediment for use in local habitat restoration projects and conduct ecosystem monitoring activities.

"The St. Louis River is a recreational Minnesota jewel for local people, as well as for tourists and sports enthusiasts from all around our nation and world. It's a resource central to our enjoyment and our economy,” said Rep. Rick Nolan. “We commend EPA and MPCA for their commitment, involvement and contribution to a clean and healthy St. Louis River."

“The City of Duluth is grateful for the partnership and shared commitment to the health and preservation of our natural surroundings,” said Mayor Don Ness. “This funding will allow tremendous progress in the restoration of a huge community resource that is a critical part of Duluth’s vision. Working together to care for our natural assets allows Duluth to remain one of the most beautiful places in the nation and one of the most sought-after outdoor adventure hubs in the world.”

The EPA has been working with Minnesota, Wisconsin and the St. Louis River Alliance to protect, restore and enhance the St. Louis River. The goal of these efforts is to address environmental problems affecting the watershed and, ultimately, delist the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

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