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Last updated 1:20PM ET
July 17, 2018
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Sunday Creek cleanup gets help from the EPA
(WOUB) - The Sunday Creek cleanup effort is getting some help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Sunday Creek Watershed Group says grant money from the U.S. EPA totaling $500,000 will help them restore the creek near Shawnee, Ohio in Southern Perry County.

"We have a goal to make all the creeks in Ohio swimable, fishable and drinkable," says Kaabe Shaw.

"We're doing our part to focus on where the bad water is. Then we target it and show that we have a need for money to restore the site."

Shaw says the money will help them to clean up several sources of pollution in the Creek.

"It's going to pay for closing some stream captures where the water enters in to the underground mine and gets polluted," he says, "it's also going to work for treating acid-mine drainage coming out of the hillside and polluting the water."

The goal of the Sunday Creek Watershed Group is to restore and preserve the water quality of the creek and protect its habitat, among other things.

The Sunday Creek Watershed covers 139 square miles, stretching from southern Perry County in the north to Athens and Morgan Counties in the south and east.

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