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Greening urban streets like this one in Patterson Park helps reduce storm-water pollution, while also enhancing neighborhood.
Greening urban streets like this one in Patterson Park helps reduce storm-water pollution, while also enhancing neighborhood. (Kim Hairston)

Two Baltimore groups were among 10 around the Chesapeake Bay receiving $376,000 Wednesday to "green" their communities while also providing job training.

Belair-Edison Neighborhoods Inc. and Southeast Community Development Corp. were awarded a combined $102,000 under the Environmental Protection Agency's "Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns" initiative. Under the program, local governments and nonprofit organizations can get grants for projects involving tree-plantings and other measures to reduce storm-water washing into local waters.  Assistance is also provided to train people in constructing such projects.

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The grants, a combination of federal and state funds, are administered through the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  Other grants went to Cecil, Prince George's and Wicomico counties in Maryland and to communities in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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