Officials approve $10.8 million for marsh cleanup

Published 02-16-2019

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MENTOR, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials have released $10.8 million earmarked to clean up a marsh damaged by salt pollution over the last 50 years.

Cleveland.com reports the state controlling board approved releasing the money for Mentor Marsh in Lake County this week.

Funding for the project comes from the settlement of a lawsuit between the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the estate of the late businessman Jerome Osborne.

Osborne's companies were responsible for the salt runoff near the marsh that destroyed plants, fish and animals.

State Rep. John Rogers says the newly-created Marsh Restoration Fund will ensure "this beautiful community asset lives on."

The land will be held in the custody of a bank during the restoration with the expectation it will be sold for $1 to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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