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Current Events and Meetings 


April 28, 2014: State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) is hosting a free informational flood preparedness seminar on April 28 at the Grafton Winery and Brewhaus in Grafton. The free event is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. Participants will learn about flood insurance, flood preparedness, and how to reduce their flood risk exposure. Paul Osman, Floodplain Programs Manager at IDNR, will be one of three speakers.


April 23: Dan Injerd will be speaking to Nature Conservancy Great Lakes Trustees on an info tour of the Chicago Area Waterway System.

April 14, 9-11am Ottawa, 301 West Madison St. Paul Osman and Sen Sue Rezin discussing Floodplain Management and ordinances.

March 31, 2014: Removal of Dam No. 1 on Des Plaines River is approximately 40% complete. Removal efforts were halted on 3/20/14 due to high water.

March 28, 2014: Crystal Creek Phase IIB Dual 7’x2’ box culverts, Denley Ave end sections, water main relocations finished. Continuing on 3 junction chambers

Construction will begin this summer at Stratton Lock and Dam.  The sluice gate structure is 75 years old and is deteriorating.  A new gate structure will be constructed upstream of the existing sluice gates.  The sluice gate structure will remain operational until the new gate structure is completed.


The lock will be extended downstream to double the boat capacity.   The lock construction will be completed during the non-boating season, November 1 thru April 30.   The lock will remain opened during the boating season.