Illinois American Water has announced recipients of funding for five watershed initiatives across Illinois through the company’s 2016 Environmental Grant Program.
Each recipient will receive a share of grant funds totaling $15,000. The funds are for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. The recipients are Alton Community School District 11, the city of South Beloit, the Urbana Park District, the Peoria Park District and the Pekin Park District.
Alton Community School District 11’s Rock Spring Park Watershed Restoration Project will receive a $4,000 grant to build a bio-retention system and rain garden in an outdoor classroom. This will help remediate stormwater accumulation and stagnant pools of water.
South Beloit will receive a $3,000 grant for its Nature at the Confluence Stream Team programming to educate and engage residents in clean water and community revitalization efforts.
Urbana Park District Douglas Creek Restoration Project will receive a $4,000 grant to restore native plants, trees and shrubs in the wetland and creek channel.
Peoria Park District’s Illinois River Sweep will receive $1,500 to pay for supplies for the annual river cleanup effort.
The Pekin Park District will receive a $2,500 grant for the Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control and Restoration project. This project will help train volunteers to remove invasive species along 15 acres of the Lick Creek Corridor.
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