River Action announces $50,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant
The Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced July 18, 2014, an award of $50,000 to River Action to support the Urban Watershed Restoration at Green Valley Nature Preserve and Black Hawk College in Moline.
The project follows Phase I, an $80,000 restoration completed in November 2013, with a grant from Illinois EPA that reestablished 2,100 feet of stream meanders, restored six acres of wetland, installed a water control structure to maintain water level, and planted deep-rooted natural vegetation in and around wetland and stream banks to catch and slow water flow.
The 2014-2015 Phase II of the project will restore 225 acres to a functional urban natural area through wetland creation, riparian forest improvements and invasive species management. Black Hawk College will restore riparian forests and grasslands to improve stormwater runoff, and the trails and canoe and kayak launch on the Rock River will be improved. Augustana students, faculty and classes will aid in taking inventory and monitoring designing interactive informational signage and sculptures. Education and outreach programs to make the public aware of watershed health in the region, specifically related to urban wetland and riparian forest restoration, biodiversity and invasive species removal, will be scheduled upon completion of restoration.
The $216,600 project is being funded in part by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, the Moline Foundation, Mississippi Valley Sportsmen, with in-kind gifts from the City of Moline, Augustana College, Black Hawk College and River Action.