DULUTH, Minn. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the award of a $250,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the City of Duluth to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in the Lake Superior Basin, according to a press release.

Duluth is the first of 16 cities to receive funding in the initial round of EPA’s new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grant program, noted the release.

The release will be used for green stormwater management projects at three locations: The Lake Superior Zoo, the Atlas Industrial Brownfield Park and Chambers Grove Park, reported the release.

“We are very grateful for the EPA’s support. This is a tremendous opportunity for the City of Duluth and the Lake Superior Basin,” said Duluth Mayor Don Ness. “By constructing green stormwater management infrastructure at Chambers Grove Park, the Lake Superior Zoo, and the Atlas Industrial Brownfield Park, we will greatly reduce the amount of untreated stormwater discharged into the St. Louis River and into the Lake Superior Basin.”

According to the release, the State of Minnesota, the City of Duluth, the Duluth Economic Development Authority, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and the U.S. Army Reserve will provide contributions totaling $250,000 to supplement the EPA grant.

Read the full release here.