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      Chevy in the Hole to get $400,000 in clean-up funds

      The grant will allow the City of Flint to continue planting trees at the Chevy in the Hole site.

      The U.S. Forest Service has given a grant to Chevy in the Hole in the City of Flint in the amount of $400,000.

      This is part of a federal funding being used for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

      â??The City of Flint would like to express its gratitude for the continued support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,â?? said Dayne Walling, Mayor of the City of Flint. â??Greening the former Chevrolet sites along the Flint River is a key step in improving the ecology in the watershed and protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem. The City's new master plan for a sustainable Flint calls for the brownfield sites to be recycled as part of a comprehensive blue-green infrastructure system along the river.â??

      Chevy in the Hole was a historic General Motors complex. Now it is a brownfield development site.

      â??Clean water comes from abundant tree cover,â?? said Tony Ferguson, director, U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area. â??These grants put people to work restoring shoreland ecosystems, barren streets and polluted industrial sites. Grassroots efforts create sustainable communities and ensure the health of the Great Lakes. Iâ??m excited to see these grants go to so many new partners.â??

      The announcement was made today by Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

      The hope is that this will remove contaminates from the area, which is close to the Flint River.