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Current Events and Meetings


September, 2015


Stratton Lock had 12,800 boats lock through to date. 2473 this month. Site staff are assisting the National Weather Service by providing meteorological data twice a day.


OWR attended meetings with the State Water Survey, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, State Water Plan Task Force, Rend Lake Conservancy District, City of Ottawa, Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators, Aqua Illinois, the 10th Advisory Meeting on ISGS Geologic Mapping and the Rock Island Corps of Engineers.


Work continues on the National Disaster Resilience Competition application.


An agreement between Douglas County and IDNR concerning water supply from the Kaskaskia River has been fully executed.


The Des Plaines River and East Branch DuPage River rose up to flood stage, causing minor flooding of low lying ground in northern Illinois. Heavy rain filled the Fox River and Chain of Lakes but no flooding of structures occurred.


18 permits granted this month.


The stream maintenance crew performed work at the Havana facility, Crisenberry Dam and Edgar Lakes Pump Station, including road repair and removal of vegetation and weeds.


Streamgaging work performed at Dixon, Oswego and Naperville.


Work on projects in Chicago, Roanoke, Rockford, Jacksonville, Cairo, Dieterich, Alexander County and Winnebago County are ongoing.


The USACE in Kansas City has developed automated processes to incorporate OWR GIS data from levee surveys and LiDAR-derived levee data into the National Levee Database.


August, 2015

OWR Director Injerd participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Levee 37 on August 31st. Levee 37 is part of the Des Plaines River Phase I study. IDNR was the non-federal cost sponsor for the overall study, and has expended approximately $16 million to date. Director Injerd also attended a meeting of the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee (Wed, 8/26).  This group has been seeking to develop a consensus plan for moving forward with additional measures to prevent Asian Carp migrating into the Great Lakes.


OWR hosted a Resiliency Academy as part of the HUD NRCS grant competition and attended a public meeting in Roanoke to determine a recommended Resiliency Plan. The State's application plan has dropped to 6 target areas, combining some and reducing others. Another meeting is scheduled for August 25th in Chicago. Resource Management staff attended a NE Illinois Resiliency Partnership meeting on August 25th to discuss continued collaboration on the HUD NDRC competitive grant application.


The Chicago Office sent out an email to all its Lake Michigan Water Allocation permittees notifying them of upcoming free seminars on the American Water Works Association’s Water Loss Audit software.  This software will be needed, starting this year, to fill out the Department’s revised Annual Water Use Form  (LMO-2).


State model stormwater ordinance review expected to be complete by August 31.


Illinois Flood Risk Management team continues acquiring levee data across the State and coordinating with National Levee Database.


Stratton Lock had 10,327 boats lock through this season to date, 367 last week which is below average for this time of year. Suspension of the contractor's work at the lock and dam began June 30, 2015 due to lack of re-appropriation in an enacted bill and is ongoing, resulting in longer lock times. Robert Cawthorne has posted a video of the Lock and Dam on Vimeo.


Maintenance continued at Algonquin Dam, Stratton Dam, and Crissenberry Dam while construction work at various dams has been suspended pending re-appropriations. A Corps of Engineers 404 permit was issued for Danville Dam. As part of the Ellsworth Park Dam Removal Incidental Taking Authorization, the IDNR and INHS coordinated 23 biologists to relocate mussels in the project area of the dam removal on Friday, August 28th.  Approximately 75 live mussels were collected and relocated upstream.  No listed threatened or endangered species were found. 


Flood inspections at community of Fall Creek to investigate causes for recent flooding.


Water table installed for State Fair in Conservation World Discovery Tent.


Twenty Four permits granted.


Busse Woods Dam Modification dedication ceremony was attended by OWR Director.


A presentation to Lake County SMC has been scheduled for late September.


A meeting to discuss the aquifer in the Joliet and Yorkville area has been set for October.


The Annual Streamgage Network Cooperator's meeting was held and a presentation on Lake DePeu was given.


OWR assisted the Hickory Creek Watershed Association and the Spring Creek Restoration Project in Will County.


Work on projects in Ashland, Dieterich, Dwight, Watseka, Hillsboro, Danville, Des Plaines, Springfield, Joliet, Jacksonville, Dixon, Morris, Geneseo, Utica, Rockford and others are ongoing.