5/7/13

In the news: Reducing pollution with a green parking lot?

Macomb officials are looking at a new project to help with their decades-long struggle to reduce pollution in Lake St. Clair - a parking lot turned greenscape. 

From the Macomb Daily
"A $3.3 million project to substantially alter the sprawling, 42-acre asphalt parking area at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, making it more environmentally friendly, will break ground on May 9.
On Monday -- Earth Day 2013 -- county commissioners were told about the plan to divert stormwater runoff from the parking lot at the facility formerly known as Metro Beach to newly constructed wetlands areas, or swails, and into a marsh near the Metropark’s marina that has been drying out on a yearly basis.

'I think that’s a pretty exciting project for Macomb County and we should be proud of that,' said Margi Armstrong, Lake St. Clair program coordinator for the nonprofit group Clean Water Fund.

Armstrong told the county Board of Commissioners’ Health and Human Services Committee that stormwater runoff was pinpointed as the No. 1 culprit when environmental experts studied the pollution that leads to beach closings and abnormal weed growth on the lake."
Read more about the project at the link above. 

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