On July 21, 2014, EPA announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality. In 2014, shoreline cities with a population greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply for green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000.
Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of:
stormwater tree trenches and
other green infrastructure measures installed on public property.
The city of Detroit received a $1 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant for two green infrastructure projects in the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s Near East Side Drainage District. The first project will transform publicly owned vacant lots on Detroit’s Lower Eastside into green space consisting of meadows, trees and other vegetation. This will reduce the discharge of untreated stormwater into the city’s combined sewer system by approximately 100,000 gallons during significant storms. The second project involves installing green infrastructure at Detroit’s Recovery Park to reduce the discharge of untreated stormwater to the sewer system by approximately 1 million gallons during significant storms. The city received matching funds from the Erb Family Foundation and Kresge Foundation.
Contact: Sue McCormick, (email@example.com), Director, Detroit Water and Sewer Dept., 313-224-4701.
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