U.S. EPA Announces Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $1.8 million in Shoreline Cities grant awards for cities around the Great Lakes basin. The Shoreline Cities grant program is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and provides funding for green infrastructure projects like rain gardens, permeable pavement, and rooftop gardens.

Read the press release put out by the EPA for Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan here, for Wisconsin here, and for Ohio here.

Summaries of the projects awarded grants are below, provided by the EPA:

Manitowoc, Wis., ($89,699) will construct a rain garden along the Blue Rail Marina Beach to prevent the discharge of 115,000 gallons of untreated stormwater into Lake Michigan each year.

 

Oak Creek, Wis., ($250,000) will install porous pavement in a parking area and construct a bioretention pond on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan to prevent the discharge of over 1 million gallons of untreated stormwater into the lake each year. The conversion of this former industrial brownfield into a city park will provide public access to the shoreline for the first time in 80 years.

 

Sheboygan, Wis., ($239,459) will construct bioswales near storm sewer outfalls at King Beach and Deland Park Beach to prevent the direct discharge of untreated stormwater into Lake Michigan and to improve water quality for beachgoers.

 

Superior, Wis., ($250,000) will construct a wetland near Superior Bay to reduce the amount of stormwater that reaches the combined sewer system and would otherwise overflow into Lake Superior.

 

Highland Park, Ill., ($88,775) will install porous pavement at Rosewood Park Beach to prevent the discharge of 18,000 gallons of untreated stormwater into Lake Michigan each year.

 

Wilmette, Ill., ($8,000) will plant trees to intercept rainwater and facilitate filtration, which will prevent the discharge of about 40,000 gallons of untreated stormwater into Lake Michigan each year when the trees mature.

Michigan City, Ind., ($224,823) will construct rain gardens, bioswales, plant native trees, and install porous pavement along six blocks of Wabash Street to prevent the discharge of 30,000 gallons of untreated stormwater into Trail Creek and Lake Michigan each year.

 

Muskegon, Mich., ($110,448) will construct a wetland, a bioswale and rain gardens to prevent the discharge of over 5 million gallons of untreated stormwater into Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan each year.

 

Euclid, Ohio, ($174,206) will construct rain gardens and bioswales at Sims Park to prevent the discharge of over 500,000 gallons of untreated stormwater into Lake Erie each year. Bioretention ponds and porous concrete will also be installed at a downtown parking lot to prevent the discharge of an additional 88,000 gallons of untreated stormwater into Lake Erie each year.

 

Mentor, Ohio, ($250,000) will install porous pavement and construct bioswales at the Mentor Lagoons Marina and Nature Preserve to prevent the discharge of about 860,000 gallons of untreated stormwater into Mentor Marsh and Lake Erie each year.

 

Sandusky, Ohio, ($125,958) will construct bioswales, plant trees and install porous pavement at the downtown Jackson Street parking lot to prevent the discharge of 1.5 million gallons of untreated stormwater into Sandusky Bay each year.

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