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Current Events and Meetings

June 9, 2015

A disaster preparedness meeting for Jefferson County has been set for 10 a.m. June 9 at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park to develop strategies to deal with future disasters. The Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Meeting is hosted by the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency with assistance from Southern Illinois University and the Greater Egypt Planning Commission. Threats include earthquakes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, dam or levee failure, flooding, winter storms, drought, hazardous materials incident, ground failure, epidemics and pandemics.

Additional information on the meeting is available by contacting Tyler Carpenter of the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission at 997-9351.

March 18, 2015

A public hearing will be held at Illinois Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, Lake Level C Conference Room on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  You may also participate in the public hearing by calling in at (217) 558-2618. 

Meeting materials will be posted as they become available.   

The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities.  

To submit written comments, request the documents in hard copy or an alternate format, and arrange accommodations with at least one week notice, contact Wes Cattoor at, (217) 782-4847  or mail to Wes Cattoor, IDNR - Office of Water Resources, One Natural Resources Way Springfield, IL 62702-1271.



Applicants continue preparing for Phase 2 of the National Disaster Resiliency Competition.  

Construction will continue this summer at Stratton Lock and Dam.  The sluice gate structure is 75 years old and is deteriorating.  A new gate structure is being constructing 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 seawalls have been cut to finished grade and cap reinstalled.  Formwork and reinforcement continues for the gate structure footing. Temporary sheet pile has been driven to hold back the excavation for the gate structure along the west island between roughly the north and south Phase 1 gate cofferdam limits.  Contractor received delivery of intake grating and quoin post cover plates and installed erosion control blanket around the site where earth moving activities have ceased.  PGE stockpile was moved away from the east lock wall as required to meet design parameters. The lockhouse electrical control equipment continues to be evaluated/modified as needed to provide for efficient lock operation as lock staff continues to be trained on the use of the new system.  Topsoil and seeding of north berm is anticipated to be finalized this week as weather allows.  Miscellaneous site electrical control wiring work continues.  

The lock will remain opened during the boating season. The lock has been open since May 1, 2015 and 1,107 boats have been locked through with an average of just over 300 a week.

Robert Cawthorne has posted a video of the Lock and Dam on Vimeo.

Maintenance crew are dredging the Edgar Lakes pump station. Havana maintenance crew is installing buoys on the Rock, Fox, Kankakee and Des Plaines Rivers. Survey crew members are assisting the Havana crew with the placement of buoys at various locations (dams).

OWR Survey staff returned to the Touhy Dam to collect some additional topographic data and tree locations to allow for the completion of that particular set of Plans and Permit Documents. Survey staff is continuing with Structure / Low Entry surveys along Phase II (Kent Creek) – northwest side of Rockford. OWR survey staff completed the Cache River Levee Breach topographic survey as well as some other sloughing areas on the levee Northeast of Karnak. 

Skokie River, Winnetka Dam set for June advertisement.

Hearings have been scheduled for regulatory violations.

During the month of May, site visits of five permitted and 11 non-permitted downstate dams were performed.

Crystal Creek Phase IIB channel improvements and culvert modifications on Sister Stream and Sexton Ditch is complete. 

Hydrologic parameters are being developed for Jacksonville Towne Branch modeling.

Dieterich report is in progress. Cost analysis of alternatives is ongoing.

Busse Woods Multiple Purpose Structure inspection performed May 20, 2015.

Statewide FR project inspections – Metro-East area, Woodriver and East Alton inspection trips.

Removal of Dam #2 on the Des Plaines River has been delayed due to high stages on the river.