River Action announces $50,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

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, 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.

About River Action:

In its 30th year, River Action strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the quad City region. To date, it has contributed over $7 million to river projects and programs in the Quad Cities.

About the Mississippi River Studies Center:

The Center mobilizes Augustana’s resources to help communities solve sustainability challenges facing urban and rural working landscapes of the Upper Mississippi River. It uses these challenges to create unique learning opportunities where students acquire collective set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to solve sustainability challenges. One objective is to use a trans-disciplinary approach to solving problems that combines interdisciplinary research integrating the knowledge and perspectives from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to create new knowledge and perspectives and authentic collaboration with communities.