Chicago River wildlife will benefit from a grant of more than $240,000.
Friends of the Chicago River announced the grant Friday. The money from the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund will allow the clearance of invasive species from more than 200 acres around Crooked Creek near Palos Hills.
Friends of the Chicago River will join with the Forest Preserves of Cook County for the work. The project will restore natural absorption of storm water into the soil by removing invasive plant species and replacing them with deep-rooted native grasses.
Bats and birds, such as woodpeckers, need open woodland to swoop for prey. Turtles find nest areas more easily in areas clear of invasive brush. Cleaner water will support more organisms in the creek. The Hines Emerald Dragonfly will benefit from less flooding.