Natural resources surveys --Des Plaines River Watershed (Wis. and Ill.)
Natural resources surveys --Illinois --Chicago Metropolitan Area
Natural resources conservation areas --Des Plaines River Watershed (Wis. and Ill.)
Natural resources conservation areas --Illinois
"The Lower Des Plaines River Assessment Area encompasses approximately 357.5 miles'
(228,807 acres) in northeast Illinois. It extends' from north central Cook County down
through eastern Du Page County and western Cook County into northern Will County.
Major waterways include the lower Des Plaines River, Salt Creek, the Chicago Sanitary
and Ship Canal, and the Calumet-Sag Channel. Much of the watershed is part of the
Greater Chicago Metropolitan Region and has been extensively developed for urban and
industrial use. The assessment area encompasses eight subbasins, ofwhich two have
been designated a ""Resource Rich Area"" because they contains significant natural .community diversity. The Lower Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership was
subsequently formed around this core area of high quality ecological resources.
This assessment is comprised of four vol\lmes. In Volume I, Geology discusses the
geology, soils, and minerals in the assessment area. Volume 2, Water Resources,
discusses the surface and groundwater resources and Volume 3, Living Resources,
describes the natural vegetation communities and the fauna of the region. Volume 4
contains three parts: Part I, Socio-Economic Profile, discusses the demographics,
infrastructure, and economy of the area; Part II, Environmental Quality, discusses air and
water quality, and hazardous and toxic waste generation and management in the area; and
Part III, Archaeological Resources, identifies and assesses the archaeological sites known
in the area."
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
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Critical Trends Assessment Program
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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
Detailed 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.