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Title:Lower Des Plaines River basin: an inventory of the region's resources
Author(s):Siewers, Alfred
Subject(s):Natural resources --Des Plaines River Watershed (Wis. and Ill.)
Natural resources --Illinois
Environmental protection --Des Plaines River Watershed (Wis. and Ill.)
Environmental protection --Illinois
Nature --Effect of human beings on --Des Plaines River Watershed (Wis. and Ill.)
Nature --Effect of human beings on --Illinois
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:The Lower Des Plaines watershed extends from north central Cook County down through eastern DuPage County and western Cook County into northern Will County. Major waterways include the Lower Des Plaines River (from the point where the Salt Creek joins it near the Brookfield Zoo), Salt Creek, and portions of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and the Calumet-Sag Channel. Smaller drainages include Addison Creek, Flag Creek, Sawmill Creek, and Long Run Creek. This 357-square-mile area unites some of Illinois’ most affluent suburbs and historically important industrial towns. Twenty-eight Superfund sites, one of them on the National Priority List, are reminders of the area’s heavily industrial past. While the leading economic sector today is services, manufacturing is still prominent. Human development now covers two-thirds of the area’s surface. Preglacial bedrock supplied the material for this growing metropolis. The area is famous for its old limestone buildings and also supplied the stone for Chicago landmarks such as the Water Tower. The basin’s one million residents comprise 9% of the state’s population and at least one of every ten employed Illinoisans works here.
Issue Date:2003
Publisher:Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
Series/Report:Critical Trends Assessment Program
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/14155
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:These documents are a product of the Illinois state scientific surveys and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and has been selected and made available by the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-11-04
Identifier in Online Catalog:4953516
OCLC Identifier:(OCoLC)ocm57173475


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  • Critical Trends Assessment Program Regional Watershed Assessments
    DDetailed assessments of 32 major watersheds in Illinois, conducted through the Critical Trends Assessment Program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Includes contributions from each of the State Scientific Surveys which are now part of the Prairie Research Institute.

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