April 16, 2013
On April 30th, the City of Danville will hold an informational open house regarding the proposed removal of two low-head dams in the Vermilion River system. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will present removal alternatives from their most recent planning study, and also discuss how removal will benefit fish populations. Following the presentations, representatives from the City and Department of Natural Resources will be available to answer questions and take comments.
Dams of any size can negatively impact water quality and aquatic habitat by altering flow, water temperature, oxygen levels, and sediment transport. They can also act as a barrier to fish passage and the migration of other sensitive species, like freshwater mussels. The proposed removals will restore a significant portion of the river to a free-flowing condition, allowing fish and other aquatic organisms to access an additional 175 stream miles of high quality spawning habitat.
We recognize the benefits to the local community and to the environment; however, the most limiting factor has been funding. As part of a $31 billion capital construction program, Governor Quinn recently announced the Illinois Dam Removal Initiative to improve the health and safety of Illinois waterways by removing defunct dams throughout the state. We have the dedicated resources, so the time is now!
In the News:
City of Danville Dam Removal Open House
Date: Tuesday, April 30th
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville, IL 61832