- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Two federal grants totaling $1.25 million have been awarded to Detroit and St. Clair Shores for green infrastructure projects to help improve water quality in the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants aim to prevent storm water from carrying contamination into the lakes.

Detroit gets $1 million to turn vacant lots on the city’s lower east side into green space and to install other green infrastructure elsewhere to reduce the discharge of untreated storm water into the sewer system.

The northeastern Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores gets $250,000 to install rain gardens and porous pavement at a municipal park to capture and treat storm water.

They’re among 16 cities receiving grants in the initial round of the program.

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