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Algonquin and Harvard receive environmental grants

Algonquin and Harvard received funding through the annual ComEd Green Region Program to make environmental improvements on open spaces.

26 northern Illinois communities received grants for up to $10,000 from ComEd and Openlands to plan, acquire and improve local parks, natural areas and recreation resources, according to a news release from ComEd.

Algonquin’s Woods Creek Headwaters Pollinator Project will improve six acres of sedge meadow wetlands for native pollinator species, according to the release. This includes native sedge meadow interseeding, removing invasive phragmites and public education.

Harvard’s project, Pollinators for Park Pointe, will restore a portion of one of the city’s parks into a natural and native pollinator park, according to the release. This will benefit the community as a whole by creating an education outdoor experience.

ComEd has awarded more than $1.3 million to municipalities in northern Illinois to help fund their open-space projects since the start of the Green Region Program in 2013.

“Together with our partners at Openlands, we are proud to support organizations that are making meaningful differences to restore and enhance natural habitats and biodiversity,” said Melissa Washington, Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs at ComEd.

Other recipients of the award are the city of Aurora, Bolingbrook Park District, Boone County Conservation District, Butterfield Park District, Chicago Park District, Downers Grove Park District, Fox Valley Park District, city of Genoa, village of Lake Barrington, village of Lake Zurich, village of Lena, village of Lindenhurst, Lombard Park District, village of Machesney Park, village of Orland Hills, Oswegoland Park District, village of Palos Park, Park Ridge Park District, village of River Forest-Sustainability Commission, village of Romeoville Parks and Recreation Department, village of Round Lake, village of Schiller Park, St. Charles Park District and village of Winfield.

For information about the program go to Openlands.org/GreenRegion.

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