EcoTrack 11: UT gets big grant to rid pollution

This will all be part of the environmental remediation and restoration experimental park unveiled Friday, May 30.
This will all be part of the environmental remediation and restoration experimental park unveiled Friday, May 30.

TOLEDO -- Pollution is a big problem today, and the University of Toledo wants to help correct that problem.

News 11's Brad Harvey has this EcoTrack 11 report.

Researchers at the University of Toledo want to remove pollution from the environment with the help of plants and wetlands.

This will all be part of the environmental remediation and restoration experimental park unveiled Friday, May 30.

The university received almost $4 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the research.

The money will help fund a number of different research projects that all have the same goal: To find solutions to the environmental problems we face right here in northwest Ohio.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur tells News 11, "We have assets here that are not well catalogued and they are the stuff of which life is made. We take them for granted and have for a long time. You'll present them in a way the public can grab onto and see a difference in their life."

Researchers will also look for solutions to environmental problems caused by older landfills.

The university says the lessons learned at UT can be used to solve problems on a global scale.

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