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Duluth first in nation to get new EPA ‘Shoreline Cities’ grant

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DULUTH — Duluth will receive the first ever “Shoreline Cities, Green Infrastructure’’ program grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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The grant, part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will funnel $250,000 in federal money toward water quality and stormwater projects at the Lake Superior Zoo and Chambers Grove Park, both hit hard by the June 2012 flood.

Part of the grant also will go to stormwater control efforts at the city’s Atlas Cement industrial redevelopment site.

Susan Hedman, Region 5 EPA director, made the grant announcement Thursday at the Duluth Zoo.

The federal money will be matched with another $250,000 contributed for Minnesota’s Legacy Fund, the city, the Duluth Economic Development Agency and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

The zoo project will include rain gardens and buffer strips to capture runoff, cool it and filter it before it runs into Kingsbury Creek, which flows into the St. Louis River and harbor and on into Lake Superior.

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