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Illinois River Basin Restoration (sec 519, WRDA 2000)

Date Last Updated: 09/14/2015 15:36

Official Project Name
Illinois River Basin Restoration (sec 519, WRDA 2000)

Waubonsie Picture Location
Entire Illinois River Basin including tributaries.


Congressional District(s)
IL-11 IL-13 IL-16 IL-17 IL-18 IL-3 IL-7

Planning is proceeding on two Critical Restoration Projects Fox River and Ten Mile Creek. Construction of the Peoria Upper Island project was completed in October of 2013 and the Waubonsie Creek Fish Passage Project was completed in November 2011. Construction of the Blackberry Creek Fish Passage project was initiated by the State of Illinois in 2012. The Comprehensive Plan was approved by HQUSACE in May 2007. In 2008 the Comprehensive Plan was approved by the ASA for Civil Works and OMB. The Comprehensive Plan and cover letters were sent to Congress. Three construction projects (Pekin Lake North, Pekin Lake South Backwater, and Starved Rock) are on hold pending Federal funding.

Section 519 of WRDA 2000 authorized: (1) Comprehensive Plan to develop and implement a restoration program, long-term resource monitoring program, and evaluate new technologies and innovative approaches, and (2) construction of critical restoration projects. Section 519 and the related Illinois River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study, Sec 216, resulted in a joint Comprehensive Plan for the restoration of the basin. These efforts relate to the State's Illinois Rivers 2020 initiative, a proposed 20-year, Federal-state effort to restore and enhance the 30,000 square-mile Illinois River Basin. Anticipated benefits include reducing sediment delivered to the Illinois River mainstem and backwaters, reducing streambank erosion, and improving critical habitats for fish, waterfowl, and other aquatic organisms. This project involves four districts (Rock Island, St. Louis, Chicago, and Detroit).

Summarized Financial Data
Financial Data Feasibility Construction
Estimated Federal Cost $11,245,000 $88,408,000
Estimated Non-Federal Cost $6,055,000 $47,605,000
Estimated Total Cost $17,300,000 $136,013,000
Allocation thru FY 2014 including ARRA $7,471,000 $7,292,775
Allocations for FY 2015 $600,000 $0
Budget for FY 2016 $400,000 $0
Balance to Complete after FY2016 $3,239,000 $81,115,225

Major Work Item (This Fiscal Year)
FY 2015: Continue feasibility planning for the Fox RIver and Ten Mile Creek projects.

Major Work Item (Next Fiscal Year)
FY 2016: Construction funds in the amount of $3,525k would complete phase I on Pekin Lake South, $450k would allow for completion of the plans and specification package for Pekin Lake North. Conintue feasibility planning on Fox River and Ten Mile Creek.

GI - General Investigations -- Section 519 of WRDA 2000; as amended by Section 5071, WRDA 2007

Project Manager Information

Name: Program Manager, Project Management Branch
Phone: (309) 794-5399

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