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Illinois River Basin Restoration Info

The current program and project features seeks to develop, evaluate, and implement a collaborative and sustainable watershed-based approach to ecosystem restoration. While a number of existing programs within the Corps of Engineers and other Federal agencies are designed to plan and implement ecosystem restoration or environmental quality improvements at specific locations in the basin, no program was in place that allowed for watershed-wide evaluation, problem identification, project selection, and implementation within one authority. Existing programs are limited in geographic extent or by available resources. The Illinois River Basin Restoration program meets that need by allowing for a comprehensive and collaborative watershed-based approach to solving the basin’s problems and maximizing opportunities.

The project includes a watershed approach that seeks to address the water resources needs holistically. The goal of this project is to build on existing knowledge and share lessons learned on the restoration of this significant natural resource through the use of monitoring, adaptive management, and innovative technologies and approaches. The implementation framework proposed as part of this system study seeks to work collaboratively, fully engaging individuals, agencies, and local groups in the identification, planning, and implementation of restoration efforts.

Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS)

The Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) is a vital part of our national economy and a valuable ecological resource. The system includes the Upper Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois; the Illinois Waterway from Chicago to Grafton, Illinois; and navigable portions of the Minnesota, St. Croix, Black and Kaskaskia Rivers. The UMRS ecosystem refers to the entire floodplain area and associated physical, chemical, and biological components, and the UMR-IWW navigation system refers to 1,200 miles of 9-foot navigation channel, 37 lock and dam sites, and thousands of channel training structures. The 1,200 miles of 9-foot channel created by the 37 locks and dams allow waterway traffic to move from one pool to another providing an integral regional, national, and international transportation network.

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