Published: Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Lorain’s Utilities Department already has scored millions of dollars to remove buried metal and slag buried in the land between the steel mills and the Black River. This summer, Lorain hosted the first Black River Kayak-a-Thon to showcase the creation of fish habitat and a natural flood plain behind the mills.
The latest grants will include $1.08 million used for shoreline restoration along Monkey Island, which is designated Phase II of the cleanup efforts. Another grant of $350,000 will pay for planning of Phase III, which will be future habitat creation in a 7-acre area behind the mills and about 4.7 to five miles from the mouth of the river.By RICHARD PAYERCHIN