Grand Rapids to be Home of Million Dollar Stormwater Storage Facility

Courtesy: MGN Online

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Officials in Grand Rapids are preparing to begin work on the largest stormwater control project in the city's history.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Monday morning at Mary Waters Park.

The $1.2 million underground storage facility will hold 720,000 gallons of stormwater. That's nearly three times the size of the treatment system the city installed at Joe Taylor Park in 2010.

The stormwater treatment efforts are part of the Green Grand Rapids initiative, which aims to prevent contaminated runoff from entering the Grand River.

Mayor George Heartwell and other city and state officials will take part in the ceremony.