Greenville Awarded Environmental Enhancement Grant to Address Erosion
Post Date:10/29/2020 8:54 AM
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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The City of Greenville will soon be restoring a 75-foot section of the Green Mill Run stream bank with the help of an Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) awarded this week.
Greenville was one of 22 grantees awarded the grants by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein. The City will receive $88,775 to help prevent further erosion and sedimentation and preserve the existing greenway that runs alongside the Green Mill Run.
"That Greenville will be receiving an Environmental Enhancement Grant for stream bank restoration along the Green Mill Run comes as extremely good news, as the environmental quality of our streams in rivers is of high importance to our city, residents, and visitors," Greenville Director of Recreation and Parks Gary Fenton said.
In May, Recreation and Parks staff applied for EEG support to address erosion along a stretch of Green Mill Run in proximity to the Green Mill Run Greenway, not far from Elm Street Park. Since the stream flows into the Tar River, this project will protect both the stream and river water quality as well as the structural integrity of the greenway, which would ultimately be impacted if the stream bank continued to erode.
"Greenways and riverfronts are just two examples of how a well-preserved environment can bring activity to a community," Attorney General Josh Stein said. "I am pleased to help the City of Greenville protect these important assets."
The EEG program offers reimbursement grants for projects that address such needs as wetland restoration, land acquisition, storm-water remediation, land and wildlife habitat conservation, environmental education, and stream stabilization. In all, $1,099,449 in grant funding was awarded through the EEG program in 2020.