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City of Oregon partners with UT for storm water treatment

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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

In an effort to reduce the amount of toxins that run into Lake Erie, the city of Oregon has leased 6.2 acres of land to the University of Toledo.

The University will use the land to construct a pilot wetland system at Maumee Bay State Park.  It will be used to provide storm water treatment and increase the cleanliness of drinking water.

The new wetland will be designed to cause local creeks and ditches to overflow into designated areas, which will allow the wetlands to capture bacteria and consume nutrients before they go into the lake.

The project is being funded by two federal grants totaling $1.9 million.  It will also serve as a research area for UT students.

Officials say they plan on beginning to move dirt for the wetland within the coming weeks.

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