Wabash Street Green Infrastructure Project Awarded EPA Grant

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Wabash Street Green Infrastructure Project Awarded EPA Grant

STAFF REPORTS – Michigan City News Dispatch – Apr 16, 2015

The City of Michigan City has been awarded a Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant for $224,823 for the Wabash Street green infrastructure project, according to a news release.

This is the second grant award for the project. The Lake Michigan Coastal Program previously awarded the city $92,000.

The Environmental Protection Agency grant is awarded to shoreline cities on the Great Lakes to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.

The Wabash Street green infrastructure project consists of a set of improvements including the installation of stormwater best management practices in the form of rain gardens and bioswales. It also includes pedestrian improvements such as sidewalks and crosswalks; aesthetic enhancements including decorative LED street lighting and landscaping; and streetscaping and safety modifications to intersections.

The city worked with Haas and Associates Engineers, The Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Delta Institute to obtain the grant. The project is a direct recommendation of the recently adopted Lake Michigan Gateway Implementation Strategy.