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Title:Backwater Restoration Opportunities: Illinois River
Author(s):Marlin, John C.
Subject(s):Dredging -- Illinois River
Mud to Parks project
Geographic Coverage:Illinois River
Abstract:During the past two centuries the Illinois River and its hydrology have been altered numerous times. Early navigation works, levees, diversion, agricultural and urban drainage practices, locks and dams and other changes all contributed to habitat modification. Over the years the river has changed from a free flowing stream bisecting a broad floodplain to a series of pools with substantial areas of leveed floodplain. The image conjured by the term “restoration” varies with the time frame used as a base. Given that all major navigation dams were in place by the1940's, a common vision of a restored river includes permanently flooded lakes and backwaters with sufficient depth to support the flora and fauna which were abundant in the early 1950's as well as recreational boating. Others envision a relatively free flowing river with a variety of backwater and side channel habitats.
Issue Date:2001
Publisher:Urbana, IL : Illinois Water Resources Center
Citation Info:Marlin, John. 2001. "Backwater Restoration Opportunities: Illinois River." In Proceedings of the Eighth Governor's Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System. Special Report No. 27, Illinois Water Resources Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. pp. 224-232.
Series/Report:Illinois Water Resources Center Special Report ; 27.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-05-21

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