Riverfront development in Fort Wayne is continuing with the beginning of the Old Fort Bank Stabilization Project. The city says the project, which has been awarded more than $200,000 in funding, will improve water quality and user experience for people using the rivers.
The Great Lakes Commission has awarded the project $80,000 over a two-year period, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has awarded the effort a total of $132,000 for construction and design. The effort aims to address erosion and combat invasive plant species in and around the city’s rivers.
The city calls the bank stabilization project "an ecological solution to a natural problem." The issue has been caused in part by flooding on the St. Marys River eroding the bank by Headwaters Park and the Old Fort. Crews will use a combination of natural armoring and vegetation to stabilize the bank.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says the effort is important to the city’s riverfront development initiative, adding it is important to "enhance quality of place amenities and economic development opportunities to move Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana forward in the right direction."
The project is expected to be complete by the end of April.