Durbin Announces $1 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Illinois Wildlife

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $1,004,000 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for national wildlife refuges and hatcheries. The funding is part of a larger announcement by the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services of $280 million for more than 830 projects nationwide to build visitors centers, improve infrastructure and bolster conservation. Projects that will receive funding include:


• Carterville NFWCO - $14,000 in funding for Phase 1 of the Ferson-Otter Creek Dam Removal / Modification Project;


• Illinois Partners for Fish and Wildlife - $150,000 in funding for the Pecatonia River Floodplain Wetland;


• Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge - $200,000 in funding for the Gilbert Lake Outlet Ditch Cleanout;


• Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge - $640,000 in funding for the Chautauqau Lake Perimeter Levee Repair.