Scranton among communities to get EPA funding to cut pollution

Scranton is among 14 communities that have received a total of $860,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to help expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change.

“Investing in green infrastructure pays off for our environment and our economy. It reduces water pollution and energy consumption while creating jobs,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “These investments help local communities build resilient systems to protect from severe storms, floods, and other impacts of climate change.”

Scranton received EPA assistance to help incorporate green infrastructure included under the city’s combined sewer overflow long-term control plan into a comprehensive master plan for a newly developing arts district.

In the last three years, EPA has provided $2.2 million to 37 communities for green infrastructure. The new funding continues the agency’s support for communities using green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and protect human health while increasing economic activity and neighborhood revitalization, job creation, energy savings and open space.

Green infrastructure builds resilience to the impacts of climate change, by reducing the burden on local water infrastructure.

The other communities are in Idaho, New Mexico, Maine, New York, Georgia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, New Mexico, Minnesota and California.