The city has received a grant to help restore the area affected by the Monterey Dam’s removal next year.

The state Department of Natural Resources awarded Janesville a $146,000 Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant, according to a news release. The money will be used to help restore the Rock River’s north bank and install recreational amenities after the dam is removed next summer.

The new amenities include two canoe/kayak boat launches, an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant fishing platform and eight access points with stone steps leading to the river. They will be built next year and in 2019, according to the release.

The grant is the first of four grant programs city officials are eyeing to help pay for the dam’s removal and subsequent projects. Other grant applications will be submitted to the DNR next year, according to the release.

For more information, call city stormwater engineer Tim Whittaker at 608-755-3169.

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