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"Green" Grants: A Boost for MD

Graphic: Projects in Maryland are getting "G3" grants to help improve water quality, community livability and economic vitality.
Graphic: Projects in Maryland are getting "G3" grants to help improve water quality, community livability and economic vitality.
July 25, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It's about being smart and developing "green." The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust have announced major grants to communities that are making improvements to help the Bay. In Maryland, money is going to the City of Cambridge to create a park that reduces storm-water runoff, and to Prince George's County to improve water quality.

Shawn Garvin, EPA regional administrator, said the hope is that other communities will follow suit.

"This gets examples on the ground throughout the Bay watershed that says, 'Look - here are the types of projects you can be doing. It benefits water quality, but it also has a much greater benefit to your communities,'" Garvin said.

The grants are part of the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Initiative developed under President Obama's executive order to protect and improve Chesapeake Bay.

Garvin suggested that communities in the Bay watershed consider adding a green component to projects already in the works.

"If I'm looking to do an improvement to an intersection, or if I'm looking to build new ball fields in a park, how do I leverage all the benefits for my community, including how to address storm water as part of that?" he asked.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD