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With a Grant from the EPA Water Quality in Lake Michigan will be Improved

GREEN BAY, WI, Mar. 3, 2014 — On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of a $500,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the city of Green Bay, Wis., to fund a green infrastructure project to improve water quality in Lake Michigan.

EPA Region-5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman joined Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and the Friends of Bay Beach at the historic Bay Beach Amusement Park to announce the grant. “This grant will be used to install permeable pavement and bio-filter gardens in the Bay Beach Park to prevent untreatedstormwater runoff from contaminating Lake Michigan,” said Hedman.

Green Bay is one of 16 cities to receive funding in the initial round of EPA’s new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grant program. These grants will be used to fund up to 50 percent of the cost of green infrastructure projects on public property. The projects include rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches, and other green infrastructure measures designed to improve water quality in the Great Lakes basin.”

Ways to Help Reduce Polluted Stormwater

How Can YOU Prevent Stormwater Pollution?

By the WNY Stormwater Coalition


What is stormwater?

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports animal waste, litter, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil & grease, soil and other potential pollutants.

What’s the problem?Stormwater Illustration

Rain and snowmelt wash pollutants from streets, construction sites, and land into storm sewers and ditches. Eventually, these empty the polluted stormwater directly into streams and rivers with no treatment. This is known as stormwater pollution.

Polluted stormwater degrades our lakes, rivers, wetlands and other waterways. Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen can cause the overgrowth of algae resulting in oxygen depletion in waterways. Toxic substances from motor vehicles and careless application of pesticides and fertilizers threaten water quality and can kill fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria from animal wastes and improper connections to storm sewer systems can make lakes and waterways unsafe for wading, swimming and fish consumption. Eroded soil is a pollutant as well. It clouds the waterway and interferes with the habitat of fish and plant life.

Percoa Concrete Slabs Decontaminate Ground Water by Andrea Parrott

The company finished a parking lot at Birch Island Woods in Eden Prairie with its patented concrete that helps protect lakes and rivers.

Find the full article at Eden Prairie Patch



Spring Water Pollution Solution

Spring time means runoff and most of it is polluted. This winters record breaking snowstorms brought large amounts of snow that will melt away untreated into our nations lakes, streams and rivers. Percoa Slabs are able to filter polluted water before it reaches any of our waterways. Making it one of the Environmental Protection Agencies Best Management Practices.

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Percoa on the USGBC Site

United States green Building Council Site

LID, Birch Island Woods

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