Hunter Dam: Tell the Springfield City Council we don’t need it!

*********** Please attend the City Council meeting this Tuesday! Tell the City Council we do not need this expensive and destructive project! Tuesday, March 4 at 5pm Springfield Municipal Building – West 7th and Monroe Streets (Southeast corner) The Springfield City Council will debate a proposed ordinance to resurrect the expensive, destructive Hunter Dam project.  Sponsored [...]

City of Danville to restore habitat and safety through dam removals

Last week, Danville City Council voted to remove two dams, the Ellsworth Park Dam and the Danville Dam, in the Vermilion River system. They now join the ranks of other cities throughout Illinois that have removed or modified defunct dams to improve safety and enhance aquatic habitat. Funding for this removal comes from Governor Quinn's [...]

Take action: Support dam removal on the Vermilion River

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 [...]

Dam the Sangamon!

This is the first in a series of guest blog posts by Scott Hays, a founding member of the Upper Sangamon River Conservancy, and Prairie Rivers Network's River Steward of 2011. Visit Scott's river blog! [Quick link to the second post in the series Oakley Dam: A Rising Tide]   Driving across the Sangamon River at Reas Bridge [...]

Victory for Opponents of Springfield Dam Project: Corps of Engineers Agrees that Alternatives Must Be Considered

Since 1989, City Water, Light, and Power (CWLP) has been trying to get the OK to build a dam in Springfield to create a second large reservoir for the city. Prairie Rivers Network and others have opposed the 7,000-acre dam project because it is not needed. We have testified that the City’s existing lake, supplemented [...]