The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $355,000 to a Great Lakes Restoration initiative in Hobart. The funding will support infrastructure projects aiming to reduce polluted stormwater runoff.

The projects will be within the Deep River-Turkey Creek Watershed, which drains into Lake Michigan. The grant program is a collaboration among the City of Hobart, the Delta Institute and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor calls the watershed "the beating heart of our community," saying "the quality of life in Hobart is directly related to the quality of the water flowing in Deep River and Lake George." In a release, he said the projects will help "enhance the life of Hobart for another 170 years."

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative aims to support the Great Lakes by targeting the greatest threats to the ecosystem.