The Illinois American Water 2013 Environmental Grant Program is awarding nearly $35,000 for watershed projects around the state, including two in the Riverbend. The program was started to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships.
Illinois American Water spokesman Karen Cotton says one project is receiving funding for the second year in a row. That would be the Living Lands and Waters Great Mississippi River Clean Up, in the amount of $1,500.
The Great Rivers Land Trust will receive a $4,000 grant for the piasa Creek Wetland Project. This project will restore about 2.5 acres from degredation caused by agricultural practices and provide vital habitat and breeding sources.