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Pensacola awarded miliions in grant money to build a stormwater pond

PENSACOLA  --  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is awarding more than 2 million dollars to build a stormwater pond in downtown Pensacola.

How the project is expected to improve our local water quality.
Kalie Desimone- With all the wet weather we have had over the last few days...
Every time it rains-- thousands and thousands of gallons of untreated run off water goes out into our bays. 

Christian Wagley- Environmentalist
"That makes the water cloudy, it can actually outright kill things like sea grass beds, oysters and the things that we are trying to bring back."

The Government Street Regional Stormwater pond is expected to do a lot to help clean up the western part of downtown Pensacola.

Christian Wagley- Environmentalist
"With good water quality  really great things can happen and this project is going to do a great part in helping us get there."

Christian Wagley says he expects the pond will become an attractive amenity that will drawl people to that part of downtown.

Environmentalist say this part of town has several environmental issues and the start of this project will hopefully bring on other projects.