CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Charleston officials are working on a $4 million makeover of the 9.5-acre downtown lake that dates to Colonial times.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports ( ) that plans for Colonial Lake include improving the water quality, rebuilding the seawalls and walking paths, adding flower beds and planting more than 90 trees.

Water quality is first on the list. The shallow, manmade lake has algae growth and low oxygen content.

City council last week approved seeking a $100,000 grant from a national nonprofit, which requires a $100,000 match.

The city plans to add a new flow line to a storm drain, allowing water to flow to and from the nearby Ashley River.

The increased circulation should keep the water level higher and carry away decades of muck and silt accumulation.

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