City gets grant to restore riverbanks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has awarded the city $32,000 to stabilize and restore the banks of the St. Marys River.

Areas along the riverbank that have seen significant erosion will be targeted as part of the project, the city said. Large rocks and trees will be added along the river’s banks to prevent and restore the habitat there, the city said.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said Thursday the $32,000 gift – part of $1.3 million awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife – will be paired with $8,000 in Legacy funds for a total project cost of $40,000.

Henry said the project is an important step as the city nears riverfront development work.

“We continue to make great progress in our riverfront development work,” said Henry. “This is another step forward in our efforts to revitalize our downtown riverfront and make it a destination for both residents and visitors.”

The exact locations for the work will be selected when the city opens a bidding process on the project. Henry said that should happen in late August, with construction set to begin in mid-October.

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