Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants
In July 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invited Great Lakes shoreline cities to apply for the first round of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grants. These grants will be used to fund 50 percent of the cost of green infrastructure projects on public property to reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches and impair Great Lakes water quality. Eligible projects include:
- rain gardens
- green roofs
- porous pavement
- constructed wetlands
- stormwater tree trenches
- and other green infrastructure measures installed on public property.
Sixteen cities will receive grants under the initial round of funding. So far, the following cities have received grants:
The City of Duluth, Minnesota received a $250,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in the Lake Superior Basin. The grant will be used for green stormwater management projects at three locations: the Lake Superior Zoo, the Atlas Industrial Brownfield Park and Chambers Grove Park. The State of Minnesota, the City of Duluth, the Duluth Economic Development Authority, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, and the U.S. Army Reserve will provide contributions totaling $250,000 to supplement the EPA grant. Installing green infrastructure at these sites will retain an estimated 200,000 gallons of stormwater and greatly reduce the amount of untreated stormwater discharged into the St. Louis River and the Lake Superior Basin.
Contact: Heidi Timm-Bijold, City of Duluth, 218-730-5324
The City of Green Bay, Wisconsin received a $500,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to fund a green infrastructure project to improve water quality in Lake Michigan. The city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will use the funds to install permeable pavement and bio-filter gardens in the Bay Beach Park to prevent untreated stormwater runoff from contaminating Lake Michigan. Installing green infrastructure will retain an estimated 280,300 gallons of stormwater.
Contact: Dan Ditscheit, Green Bay Parks Department, 920-448-3381.
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