Stabenow, Peters Announce Green Infrastructure Grant for Muskegon

Friday, June 05, 2015

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Gary Peters, member of the Great Lakes Task Force today applauded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement to allocate $110,448 to the City of Muskegon to fund green infrastructure projects. The City of Muskegon plans to use the grant to install one constructed wetland, two rain gardens, and one bioswale to help the community prevent the discharge of more than 5 million gallons of untreated stormwater into Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan each year. The funding is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants program to help shoreline cities improve Great Lakes water quality through green infrastructure projects.

"This support will improve water quality in Muskegon Lake and help make sure Lake Michigan remains clean and healthy for generations to come," said Senator Stabenow. "Today's announcement further underscores the importance of partnerships like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which invests in the health of our Great Lakes and waterways."

"This investment from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will enable Muskegon to implement forward-thinking infrastructure developments that improve Lake Michigan's water quality," said Senator Peters. "Michigan's economy depends on the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, and this funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative strengthens our ability to clean up stormwater pollution and protect Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake."

Senators Stabenow and Peters have been strong advocates for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is a multi-year plan to restore and preserve the Great Lakes by eliminating toxins, combating invasive species, restoring habitats, and promoting the general health of the Lakes.