WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today announced more than $475,000 in new federal funding to support green infrastructure projects in Erie and Lorain 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.”
The below cities receiving funding are:
- Huron, Ohio – $125,439 – Funding will help install green infrastructure at Lake Front Park that will filter sediment, nutrients, chemicals, bacteria and other contaminants, and prevent nearly 600,000 gallons of untreated stormwater runoff from reaching Lake Erie.
- Sandusky, Ohio – $175,000 – Funding will help design and construct rain gardens and install a meadow at Lions Park to convey, capture and treat stormwater. The project will reduce over 280,000 gallons of untreated runoff from reaching Lake Erie.
- Vermillion, Ohio – $175,000 – Funding will help install green infrastructure at Main Street Beach to reduce stormwater runoff and pollutant discharges to Lake Erie. Proposed projects include the installation of permeable pavement, bioretention areas and a tree pit that will prevent over 450,000 gallons of untreated stormwater from discharging into the lake.
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.