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Title:Long Distance Transport of Illinois River Dredged Material for Beneficial Use in Chicago
Author(s):Marlin, John C.
Subject(s):Dredging -- Illinois River
Mud to Parks project
Geographic Coverage:Illinois River
Abstract:Sedimentation severely impacts aquatic habitat along the Illinois River system in Illinois. The problem is especially severe in backwater lakes and the Peoria Lakes that are bisected by the navigation channel. The State of Illinois and the US Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with local governments and other organizations, are investigating methods of restoring the river’s watershed. Key elements of the developing restoration plan include reducing future sedimentation and removing large quantities of sediment from the backwaters. This paper reports on a pilot project for sediment removal and beneficial use. Sediment mechanically excavated from Lower Peoria Lake is being transported by barge 270 km (168 mi) for use as topsoil. It is being placed on fields at the old US Steel South Works mill bordering Lake Michigan. The site is currently covered with slag and has no topsoil. The area will become part of the Chicago Park District’s lakefront park system.
Issue Date:2004-07
Publisher:Bonsall, CA : Western Dredging Assocation
Citation Info:Marlin, John. C. 2004. "Long Distance Transport of Illinois River Dredged Material for Beneficial Use in Chicago." Proceedings of the Western Dredging Association Twenty-fourth Technical Conference and Thirty-Sixth Texas A&M Dredging Seminar. July 6-9, 2004. pp. 177-186.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-05-21

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