The city of Grand Rapids is in line for over $200,000 in federal aid to prevent stormwater runoff from making its way into the Grand River.

A grant from the U.S. Forest Service will help the City plant and maintain 2,800 trees to intercept stormwater runoff and filter out pollutants before they enter the river.

Grand Rapids’ Mayor George Heartwell says "The City is committed to addressing stormwater runoff, and increasing our urban tree canopy as part of our sustainability efforts. This Federal grant will further enhance the City’s ability to intercept stormwater runoff and filter out pollutants before they enter the Grand River, in order to protect our water assets in the community and the region."