AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois used Earth Day Weekend to announce nearly $5 million in Green Infrastructure Grants statewide.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced the grants on Friday.

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They are intended to reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources.

The grant to Aurora, worth about $1.45 million, is for the city’s Combined Sewer Overflow Program, 112 rain gardens, and two permeable pavement areas at 28 intersections. All are intended to reduce overflow into the city’s combined sewer system.

The Aurora Beacon-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

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