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Century-old industrial dump to become nature preserve

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)

SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. (AP) - A tract of land near where a creek meets the Rock River in South Beloit is about to turn from industrial dump to nature preserve.

A group called Nature at the Confluence hopes to make the 75-acre plot a place for recreation, history and education by summer.

The Rockford Register-Star reports (http://bit.ly/1RzQTyg ) the land served as a dump for industrial waste such as tires, glass and foundry sand for a century.

But Therese Oldenburg of Nature at the Confluence says "Nature is there, and nature is persevering."

The overhaul cost of $1 million will be shared with the city of South Beloit and a nonprofit called Beloit 2020 which works to develop the city and Beloit, Wisconsin.

Online: http://natureattheconfluence.com/

Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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