The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allocating $3.1 million from a Great Lakes cleanup fund for efforts to reduce harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie that hit water supplies in Michigan and Ohio.
The money will be divided among three federal agencies and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
EPA regional chief Susan Hedman says some of the projects will improve water quality testing and algae bloom forecasting. Others will expand financial assistance for agricultural conservation practices in the western Lake Erie Basin.
The city of Beavercreek is looking forward to fixing up some of its parks.
A recently passed property tax levy is expected to bring in $1.1 million this year to the parks and recreation department. Interim Parks Superintendent Kim Farrell says some of the parks are getting a little run down.
“We have a few playgrounds that have kind of out-lived what the industry standards state,” she said. “And so now we’re going to be able to replace those playgrounds instead of taking them out and just having a dust ball.”