Grant money to help cities, Orange County reduce pollution

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Orange County and twenty cities including Fullerton, La Habra and Anaheim have been awarded close to $3 million in grant money from the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to reduce pollution in waterways.

OCTA's Environmental Cleanup program is a part of Measure M, a half cent sales tax that voters approved for transportation improvement. The program helps cities reduce pollution caused by transportation said Joel Zlotnik, spokesman for OCTA.

The pollution comes from "freeways, runoff from streets and roads, trash that gets on the roads that can then make its way into the drains and into the waterways," said Zlotnik. 

OCTA will help fund 18 projects in the winning cities and the county. The money will be divided depending on each project. Part of the project is funded by OCTA and the cities match another portion of the project, said Zlotnik. 

Other cities to receive grants include Orange, Westminster, Mission Viejo, Tustin, Buena Park, Lake Forest, Fountain Valley, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Cypress, Garden Grove, Brea and Laguna Hills. 

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