CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chi-Cal Rivers Fund partners today announced six projects selected to receive $1.2 million in grant funding to improve and enhance waterways in the Chicago-Calumet region. These investments will protect and conserve fish and wildlife habitat, reduce stormwater runoff, and improve access to and use of natural areas and greenspace for communities. The grants will generate $1.6 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $2.8 million.
“These grant awards will support efforts to add more than 1.9 million gallons of stormwater storage, create 28 acres of neighborhood greenspace, restore and enhance 32 acres of wetland and upland habitat, and control invasive species on more than 165 acres,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The Student Conservation Association will reduce stormwater runoff and create urban habitat by planting 500 new trees in northwest Indiana. Project will build upon previous investments and continue to improve water quality at a regional scale while engaging the community and volunteers.