Cheney Run Wetland Project grant will help create wetlands
The Michigan City Sanitary District has been awarded a $650,000 grant for the Cheney Run Wetland Project. The grant, awarded by Sustain Our Great Lakes, will help the City create approximately five acres of wetlands on Trail Creek to manage and treat stormwater from the Cheney Run stormwater sewer system. The wetlands will improve water quality in Trail Creek and Lake Michigan, increase recreation opportunities, and improve habitat for animals and plants. With the grant funding, the Michigan City Sanitary District, in collaboration with the Delta Institute and Alliance for the Great Lakes, will install 5 acres of wetlands that will reduce runoff from storm events, which carries harmful pollution into waterways. Runoff pollution flows off the land in the Cheney Run watershed during storm events and into Trail Creek and, ultimately Lake Michigan. Michigan City is also currently awaiting news on an additional $500,000 grant request from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to help fund additional pieces of this project.
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