NORFOLK -- The restoration of Knitting Mill Creek in Norfolk is getting a big boost thanks to new federal money, officials with the city and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

More than $60,000 will be used to explore green options that will improve the creek's water quality. By capturing rainwater where it falls and keeping it from coming in to contact with pollution, green infrastructure practices such as porous pavements, rain gardens and green roofs can prevent polluted runoff and help protect and restore water quality, said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.

Knitting Mill Creek, a tributary of the Lafayette River in the Colonial Place neighborhood, has experienced water quality problems from algal blooms, and high levels of E.coli bacteria.

'The findings at Knitting Mill Creek will become part of a national effort to combat the challenge of sea-level rise and we are proud to be a part of it,' said Mayor Paul Fraim.

In 2007, the Lafayette Wetlands Partnershipbegan oversight of the wetlands restoration project and has worked to removed trash, eliminate invasive species and put native plants in their place.

In 2013, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and volunteers completed the Knitting Mill Creek Reef, which is composed of crushed concrete covered in spat on shell, near the Colley Avenue Bridge.

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