Kaptur, Toledo Mayor Announce Green Infrastructure Grant

TOLEDO – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Kaptur (OH-9) and Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins announced a federal award for environmental infrastructure improvements in the Cullen Park area of the Point Place neighborhood.

The $500,000 award from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will be used on various “green” initiatives such as rain gardens, wetlands and bioswales to mitigate the negative impact on water quality from urban runoff.

Congresswoman Kaptur said, “The projects that we are announcing today will help control urban runoff and improve water quality. So their value extends beyond their specific location. They provide a template for better water management for the entire region.”

The city plans to install a bioswale and rain garden along a half mile of roadway in the Silver Creek watershed and retrofit Cullen Park with porous pavement, sand filters and vernal ponds.

“I commend our local officials for their commitment to restoring the shoreline and helping clean up Lake Erie. Lake Erie is our most important natural asset, and this important award will improve the quality of life in the region, not just this particular neighborhood,” Congresswoman Kaptur said.

Congresswoman Kaptur, ranking member on the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee, has been a staunch supporter of the GLRI and the Toledo award is one of only four made to Ohio cities.

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