The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $500,000 to the city of Buffalo for infrastructure projects and water quality improvement in Lake Erie.
The fund will be appropriated from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The city of Buffalo and the Buffalo Sewer Authority will use the $500,000 EPA grant, along with $500,000 in funding from Empire State Development to construct green infrastructure projects along a 1-mile section of Niagara Street, officials said.
The projects include the installation of porous asphalt, stormwater planters, rain gardens and the reduction of impervious pavements along that section of Niagara, which is a part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail/National Scenic Byway.
Buffalo is one of 16 cities to receive funding in the initial round of EPA's new GLRI Shoreline Cities grant program, which is designed to improve water quality in the Great Lakes basin. These grants can be used to fund up to 50 percent of the cost of green infrastructure projects on public property.