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Tour celebrates green infrastructure growth on Barker’s Island

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SUPERIOR, WI-- Barker's Island was host to a green infrastructure tour Tuesday, highlighting efforts to protect Lake Superior.

Green infrastructure includes things like living plants.

They soak up water running on and in the ground, absorbing toxins before they can make it into waterways.

Superior Mayor Jim Paine took part in the tour along with people from groups focused on water and environmental protection.

He said many of the projects on Barker's Island are also being used around the city.

"Anything, any amount of water that lands in Superior gets back to Lake Superior and it starts in our rivers and creeks and streams before it gets there so it's about protecting all of the water that we live next to," said Paine.

Paine said the goal is to build as much green infrastructure as possible, benefitting the water and the city.

People can see the improvements by taking a walk on Barker's Island.

Bonney Bowman

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