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Evans beach getting rain gardens and storm water drainage

A project aimed to beautify, capture stormwater and keep beaches open more often during the summer is underway at Evans Town Park.

The project establish  new bioswayles and rain gardens with native plants at the town park on the shores of Lake Erie.

Heavy equipment was on site this week moving earth as construction began.

A tunnel connecting Evans Town Park and its beach was congested Monday by equipment as work continues to improve drainage in the area. (T.J. Pignataro/Buffalo News)

Town officials said the green infrastructure project will be designed to reduce stormwater flows from Fernbrook Creek that frequently flood the park during times of heavy rain, including a pedestrian tunnel under Lake Shore Road that connects the park and the town's beach just a few hundred yards away.

Evans' town beach was closed 24 times this summer out of 65 days.

The $172,125 project is funded through a federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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