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Title:Feasibility and benefits of reclaiming a man-made lake: A case study of Lake Paradise Mattoon, Illinois
Author(s):Stout, Glenn E.; Buhr, Richard; Deo, Susan R.; Barcelona, Michael J.; Absher, James; Musser, Douglas
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources‏
Subject(s):Water resource development
Water resource development--Illinois
Human dimensions
Artificial lakes
Economic evaluation
Lake management
Lake reclamation
Lake restoration
Lake sediments
Outdoor recreation
Recreation planning
Water-based recreation
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:Man-made lakes in Illinois and other states are experiencing severe sedimentation problems, which reduce water-storage capacities and degrade water quality, as well as limit recreational opportunities. In a pilot project at Lake Paradise, Mattoon, Illinois, a number of studies have been conducted on the feasibility and benefits of lake reclamation. Included are studies on the feasibility of dredging Lake Paradise, on the importance of recreation planning to lake reclamation, and on the economics of lake reclamation. The Lake Paradise studies indicate that the sediment of Lake Paradise can be dredged to increase storage capacity and improve water quality and that the sediment can probably be restored as a soil amendment to the surrounding farmland. The studies also indicate that recreation should be an important consideration of lake reclamation planning and that lake reclamation may be cost-efficient compared to other alternatives such as constructing additional water-supply reservoirs. It is recommended that Illinois communities that are experiencing problems with their lakes due to sediment suspension and accumulation should consider lake reclamation as one possible element of a water resources management program. In evaluating the potential of lake reclamation, communities should conduct studies to determine the feasibility of dredging and the uses of the dredged sediments, the economic benefits of reclamation as compared to other alternatives, and the perceptions that local residents have of the benefits of reclaiming a lake. It is also recommended that further research studies of the economics and techniques of dredging and sediment disposal be conducted.
Issue Date:1982-07
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Sponsor:U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Rights Information:Copyright 1982 held by the authors
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-05-02

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