Chi-Cal Rivers Fund
partners are announcing five projects selected to receive $960,000 in grant
funding to improve and enhance waterways in the Chicago-Calumet region.
community-driven investments--expected to generate $1.46 million in matching
contributions, for a total conservation impact of $2.42 million--will
enhance fish and wildlife habitat, reduce stormwater runoff, and improve
public-use opportunities, according to a statement released this week.
five grant-funded projects will restore forest and savanna habitat along the
East Branch of the Little Calumet River, improve fish passage in Mill Creek
for native species, enhance public park space and access to natural areas at
Wolf Lake, and increase stormwater storage capacity in the greater Chicago
area. Collectively, these projects will achieve the following:
* Restore and
enhance 240 acres of savanna, riparian and upland habitat.
* Improve 13,200
feet of in-stream habitat.
* Create and
improve more than 10 acres of neighborhood green space.
* Add more than
551,200 square feet of green stormwater infrastructure.
Administered by the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the fund is supported in 2017
with contributions from ArcelorMittal, BNSF Railway, The Chicago Community
Trust, The Crown Family, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The
Joyce Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
announced this week mark the fund’s fifth annual slate of grants, bringing
its total cumulative impact to $18.23 million.
“The Chi-Cal Rivers
Fund demonstrates how public-private partnerships can uniquely accelerate
the restoration and revitalization of habitats, waterways and communities
through collaborative investment and strategic alignment,” NFWF Executive
Director and CEO Jeff Trandahl. “The awards announced today represent the
fund’s fifth year of conservation investments throughout the Chicago-Calumet
region, which have led to the restoration of more than 1,600 acres of
habitat, 4.5 million gallons of additional stormwater capacity and the
creation or enhancement of more than 80 acres of public park and
neighborhood green space.”
“As the world’s
leading steel and mining company, we recognize the critical importance of
our region’s waterways and appreciate the opportunity to work with
like-minded partners to revitalize these important assets,” said Bill
Steers, general manager of corporate responsibility and communications for
ArcelorMittal. “As a founding member of the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund, we are
proud to leverage our resources, funding and ideas with our partners to
advance this effective public-private partnership. Together, we are making
progress on important issues such as stormwater infrastructure, habitat
restoration and neighborhood green space that address key challenges in the
To learn more about
the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund and the five projects, visit