by Will Racke, North West Indiana Times

East Chicago and Hammond are in line to receive an eight-figure boost from the federal government to clean up one of The Region’s most polluted waterways, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

The EPA will chip in $26 million to assist a public-private cleanup effort in the Lake George Canal, which connects the Grand Calumet River to Lake Michigan.

The canal is part of the so-called Grand Calumet River Area of Concern. The area comprises sections of Hammond, East Chicago and Gary and is considered by the EPA to be one of 43 highly polluted sites on the Great Lakes Basin.

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