WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today announced $175,000 in new federal funding to support green infrastructure projects in Ashtabula that will help improve the health of Lake Erie. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Shoreline Cities grant program. A representative from Brown’s office helped announce the funding in Sandusky today.
“Northern Ohio’s shoreline cities are committed to doing their part to preserve Lake Erie,” said Brown. “This investment will help Ohio cities build infrastructure to prevent untreated runoff from entering Lake Erie. By protecting small water sources, we can help clean up the Lake and keep it healthy.”
Ashtabula will use the funding to install green infrastructure at Walnut Beach to reestablish a functional, connected dune system to prevent untreated stormwater from flowing across the beach and directly into Lake Erie.
The EPA’s GLRI Shoreline Cities grant program aims to give communities the resources they need to fund infrastructure projects that will improve the water quality of the Great Lakes.
Brown recognizes the importance of preserving our Great Lakes. In February 2015, Brown cosponsored the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA), bipartisan legislation that would protect the Great Lakes by formally authorizing the GLRI.