The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the city of Aurora will receive $4.7 million through the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program to restore and protect more than a mile of Aurora branch of the Chagrin River.

The funding will allow the city to acquire 186 acres of Aurora Golf Club property, remove manmade structures, restore the river's natural flow and floodplain and forever protect the property from future development.

The project will restore and protect more than 33 acres of forested riverbank, 14,000 feet of streams and 13 acres of high-quality wetlands.

For more information, read the Advocate's Jan. 2 edition.