Denver: The city scores $350,000 from the EPA for restoration work along the South Platte River corridor

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As a bicyclist I just want them to get rid of the goat heads [puncturevine] along the bike path. Here’s a report about the grant from Bruce Finley writing for The Denver Post. From the article:

The Environmental Protection Agency grant prioritized Denver as one of seven U.S. cities committed to revitalizing urban waterways. These projects “will increase access to a clean and healthy South Platte River,” EPA assistant administrator Nancy Stoner said Thursday. The EPA aims “to extend the vitality that we see along Lower Downtown’s riverfront to neighborhoods that still struggle with economic and environmental challenges,” Stoner said.

Denver officials are to use $262,500 for restoration work — improving the meandering characteristics of river, reducing erosion and stormwater runoff, filtering pollution through vegetation — near the Sun Valley neighborhood west of the river between Sports Authority Field at Mile High and West Sixth Avenue. Officials also will accelerate recreation-oriented improvements at the Johnson Habitat Park area along Interstate 25 and Santa Fe Drive…

“When you have a healthy park system, it adds to the economic vitality and quality of life in adjacent neighborhoods,” foundation director Jeff Shoemaker said.”The South Platte is Denver’s greatest natural resource.”

More South Platte River basin coverage here and here.

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