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Chicago North Side Awarded $1M in Grants for Green Infrastructure


The future of Lake Michigan is looking bright! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on April 26 that two grants totaling $1 million have been awarded to Chicago's North Side and will focus on improving the water quality of Lake Michigan, according to an article published online by the Chicago Tribune

One grant, totaling $812,000, will be used to install bioswales and permeable pavement in the Montrose Beach parking lot, according to the article. The aim is to filter more than four million gallons of storm water annually and reduce storm water contamination. The other grant of $188,000 will be used to install infrastructure in the city's Uptown neighborhood to prevent untreated storm water from entering the city's sewer system, the article reports.

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