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Durbin Secures Funding to Restart and Complete Environmental Restoration Project Feasibility Study

CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced new federal funding of $250,000 he has secured to complete the long-delayed feasibility study for the environmental restoration of the Fox River in Elgin. Durbin has secured FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill funds to restart and complete the Environmental Restoration Project Feasibility Study, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Fox River Restoration Project, which will provide vital habitat restoration to the historically polluted Fox River, is one of 16 projects in Illinois under the River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Program. the Illinois River of Army Corps Section 519.

“For the past 100 years, the Fox River has struggled with pollution issues resulting from years of sewage discharge and untreated runoff,” Durbin said. “Despite significant improvement in water quality over the past 20 years, there is still much work to be done to restore Fox River habitat. This crucial funding will provide much needed restoration.

“I was grateful for the chance to join Senator Durbin and other local leaders today in supporting the Fox River restoration effort, and I know that the funding the Senator secured for the study of the Corps of Engineers will be an essential step for the project”, said Krishnamoorthi. “The Fox River Study Group’s efforts, along with the public-private partnerships it has developed with leaders in our region, are a model for improving our environment for generations to come, but even more fundamentally, making a difference.”

“I appreciate Senator Durbin’s efforts to ensure federal funding is available to allow the U.S. Corps of Engineers to partner with us on this important environmental project,” said Colleen Callahan, director of the Department of Natural Resources. from Illinois. “This project is a perfect example of the great things that can happen through strong partnerships and what I like to call the three C’s – communication, collaboration and connection”, said Colleen Callahan, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“We look forward to partnering with the State of Illinois and regional stakeholders to complete the Fox River 519 Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study,” said Col. Paul Culberson, Chicago District Commander and District Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers.


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