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BUFFALO, NY-- The Environmental Protection Agency has given a $500,000 grant to improve water quality in the Lake Erie basin.

It's part of a Great Lakes Restoration initiative to prevent storm water from carrying contamination into the lake.

The project is also expected to provide cleaner water, reduce flooding, and make the shoreline better fit for climate change.

"This investment on the city's waterfront green infrastructure system is part of a larger effort to revitalize the Niagara Street sections of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail," says Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Mayor Brown also says it will increase property values in the area and attract new investments.

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