EPA announces $12 million for Great Lakes cleanup efforts in Toledo area
Toledo will receive nation's second Trash Free Water program money
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced two projects for the area Monday.
During a press conference in Toledo, U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced more than $12 million grant to help clean the Maumee River and Great Lakes, and another $400,000 to the City of Toledo for a Trash Free Water program.
The grant for the Maumee River is part of the Great Lakes Legacy Act and will address sediment cleanup in Otter Creek. Work on the project will begin in the fall, with dredging to begin in the spring. Another $200,000 will go to a partnership with the Ohio EPA to evaluate cleanup options at Swan Creek.
The Trash Free Water program is the second in the U.S., following money granted to Milwaukee. The project will install litter nets and trash collection devices along the shorelines of rivers that drain to Lake Erie to collect traditional pollution and litter.
Wheeler also said $1.8 million will go to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to restore habitats and water quality in wetlands around Lake Erie and the Maumee River. At Maumee State Forest, ODNR will use the funding to convert farmland to wetland and forestland, resulting in 157 acres of restored state forest. ODNR will also enhance 1,000 acres of the Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area through improved fish passage, managing water levels and controlling invasive species
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