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Grants awarded for protection of local waters
The Plain Dealer

The state awarded more than $680,000 this week to six groups to protect Lake Erie and the Chagrin, Cuyahoga and Grand rivers.

Recipients of money:

Munson Township, $120,000 to buy 76 acres of riverbank and wetland along the Chagrin River's upper main branch.

Russell Township Park Commission, $250,000 to buy 118 acres to protect a tributary of the Chagrin River.

Lake Metroparks, $68,720 to buy 12.4 acres of forested flood plain and hillside buffering the north bank of the Grand River.

Cleveland Metroparks, $89,500 to buy five easements totaling 17.4 acres in Brooklyn Heights along the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.

Aurora, $32,000 to study the Walden Watershed, a tributary to Tinkers Creek and the Cuyahoga River, to cut flooding, erosion and sedimentation problems.

North Coast Regional Council of Park Districts - Erie, Sandusky, Lorain and Medina counties - $120,000 to develop an interactive Internet mapping tool for regional planning to protect coastal and watershed areas.

The federal Great Lakes Coastal Restoration Grants are a one-time shot of $30 million approved by Congress to improve the Great Lakes. Money went to the eight Great Lakes states. Ohio has received $4.48 million since 2001.

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