Feds Give $864K for 2 Miles of 'Roadside Green'

By Eric Scheiner | November 17, 2016 | 4:27pm EST
Bioswale reduces polluted stormwater runoff along Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco, 2014. Photo: EPA

The city of San Pablo, Calif. has received $864,634 in federal funds to install “more than 11,000 square feet of roadside green infrastructure” in the city.

The just over 2 miles of “green infrastructure” will be “bioswales and other structures that collect stormwater runoff and filter it through plant roots and soil,” according to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release on the grant.

"This investment in our green infrastructure will allow our city the opportunity to partner with the region in our collective goal of protecting our bay," said Rich Kinney, mayor of the City of San Pablo. "On behalf of the City of San Pablo, I want to thank the EPA for their commitment to our community."

The Richmond Standard reports, as part of the grant, the city will also amplify efforts to educate local residents and high school students about local creek conditions and the effects of trash in waterways. 

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