Nearly $500K coming to Twin Cities for more trees to improve air, water quality

Published: Oct. 25, 2023 at 4:18 PM CDT
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BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (25News Now) - 17th District Representative Eric Sorensen and the EPA announced nearly $500,000 for a project that would improve the air and water quality for residents in Bloomington and Normal.

A release from Sorensen says the project would grow more trees in the Twin Cities and would also protect residents against summer heat and lower household energy costs.

“Extreme weather has plagued our region, making it difficult for Illinoisans to live comfortably—especially during the summer months,” Sorensen said. “Trees are vital to our communities. They improve air quality, help lower energy costs, sequester carbon, and help prevent flooding by managing stormwater. I am proud to see Ecology Action Center in Normal receive this investment to develop ways to mitigate the impact of extreme weather by growing more trees in Central Illinois so we can build a more sustainable region for future generations.”