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Rockford Park District gets funding to help clean up Kent Creek

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – The Rockford Park District gets some financial help to clean up parts of Kent Creek.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Rockford Park District $67,000 in the form of a grant to help. Park District leaders say the money will go towards controlling water pollution in the south fork of the creek. Kent Creek feeds a 7,400 acre watershed west of the Rock River. People who live along the creek got the chance to learn more about the project Thursday night.

Project manager Tom Lind says the Park District is early in the planning process.

“We want to inform people who are in the watershed, and let them know what we’re looking to do, and engage those stakeholders, and see if there’s any interest in continuing to work with them and build a relationship as we move through this process,” said Lind.

Kent Creek feeds into Levings Lake. The lake is a popular fishing spot and is also home to the West Rock Wake Park. The Park District to put storm water infrastructure in place, which would improve water quality to the creek and the lake.

“It’ll be a better environment for the people who are recreating there, the fishermen, the wake park board users,” said Lind.

The Park District has made several improvements to Levings Lake in recent years, including the installation of floating islands, wildflowers, and filter strips, which help remove pollutants and sediment from the water, but Lind is excited with what could be accomplished with the help of the grant.

“This isn’t just the first thing we’re looking at with Levings Lake,” said Lind. “This has been a multi-year process and we’ve really been trying to improve the water quality with the project, and we’re really excited about the scale of this project and the potential impact, because it’s looking at such a large footprint, it will have significant impact on the water quality within the lake.”


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