OGDEN -- The city council adjusted its budget Tuesday night to recognize $2.5 million awarded for the Ogden River Restoration Project.
The adjustment is needed to accept about $1.5 million in carryover funds provided to the city in fiscal 2010 from the Utah Water Quality Board, the Central Weber Sewer Improvement District, Weber County, Blue Ribbon Fisheries and Habitat Partners.
In addition, the adjustment also covers another $1 million in federal funds awarded last year by the state Water Quality Board, said John Arrington, the city's finance manager.
The $5 million project that began about a year ago and is slated for completion in the fall extends from a footbridge at Kiesel Avenue to west of Gibson Avenue.
Justin Anderson, the city's engineer, said he's pleased with the funding donors have provided.
"Once they caught the vision, they liked what we are trying to do," said Anderson, adding that additional grants and donations will be sought for the project.
When the project is finished, 11,000 feet of riverbank and 10 acres of additional flood plain will be added to the stretch of river.
About 30,000 native plants will be planted along the bank for beautification and to provide habitat for birds and animals.
Vegetation is also being planted to buffer pollution sources, reduce channel temperatures and provide aquatic food sources.
Interior flood plains are being created, riverbanks are being stabilized, and recreation access is being provided, such as the construction of a public viewing area on the south side of the Ogden River off Childs Avenue.