Officials from Cleveland, Lakewood, Lorain and Toledo recently announced that the cities are receiving more than $1.3 million total from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for "green infrastructure projects to improve Lake Erie water quality," The Plain Dealer reports. The EPA funding is being divided up as follows:

  • Lakewood is receiving $107,500 to install bioretention planters in Madison Park that will "absorb and hold rainwater, reducing the amount of water flowing into the city's sewer system."
  • Cleveland is receiving $500,000 to reconstruct the parking lot behind West Side Market "with permeable pavers that allow rainwater to seep into the ground instead of flowing into sewers."
  • Lorain is receiving $250,000 to improve storm-water management at Lakeview Park so as to "reduce the amount of bacteria in storm water being discharged to Lake Erie."
  • Toledo is receiving $500,000 to install bioswales, which "use vegetation to filter storm water, rain gardens, sand filters and vernal ponds to improve water quality at Cullen Park and along the Silver Creek watershed."

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