THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER
June 1, 2001
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS COMPLETED
Vol. 10, No. 11
completed from April 15 to May 15 are listed below. These projects have
been screened through the internal environmental review process for potential
impacts on wetlands, threatened and endangered species, and cultural and
archaeological resources etc. Through the review process it was determined
that environmental impacts have been kept to a minimum and mitigated as
necessary and that they do not meet the criteria for significant actions
as defined in the environmental review process and may proceed. All of these
projects are in compliance with the Endangered Species Protection Act, Natural
Areas Preservation Act, Interagency Wetlands Policy Act and cultural resource
- Wolf Creek State Park
0103143 - This project involves the placement of 10 to 20 quail covey
base camps at various locations within the site. The base camps are
designed to provide quail with food, water, and shelter in a framework
that will keep predators at bay. Project was submitted for review on
- Eagle Creek State Park
0103144 - This project is identical to the project described above at
Wolf Creek State Park.
- Beall Woods 0102733
- This project involves the installation of a new 2400' three-inch water
line that will run from the well at the site residence to the new visitor's
center. A new 2000 gal. water tank will be installed at the well to
store sufficient water to meet park needs. Project was submitted for
review on 4-23-01.
- Tri-County 0102792
- This project entails the realignment of the western and southern side
of the west loop trail to avoid impacting a fen/sedge meadow that hadn't
been identified previously. The wetland was identified when the proposed
Land & Water Reserve boundary was being revised. Project was submitted
for review on 4-26-01.
- Allen Habitat Area
0101881 - This project involves the demolition of all buildings of the
Allen area. The buildings include a house, garage, smoke house, grain
bin, silo, barn, open shed and a corn crib. Project was submitted for
review on 3-8-01.
- Wild Life Prairie State
Park 0102430 - This project involves the expansion of the existing
overflow gravel parking area to accommodate approximately 150 cars in
addition to 25-30 buses in an effort to relieve parking congestion and
eliminate use of restricted areas that are used for parking during special
events. Project was submitted for review on 3-301.
- Clinton Lake 0102415
- This project involves the demolition of the existing concrete block
hunter check station at the Weldon Access Area. Project was submitted
for review on 4-5-01.
- Clinton Lake 0102414
- As with the project referenced above, this work will involve the demolition
of a 21' in diameter by 72' tall concrete silo at the site. Project
was submitted for review on 4-5-01.
- Clinton Lake 0102416
- This project involves the clean up of four old dump sites which were
located on the property when leased by the Department. Materials to
be removed include old vehicles, farm implements and household trash.
Project was submitted for review on 4-5-01.
- Wolf Creek 0102018
- This projects involves the construction of a transfer station for
use by the handicapped. The ramp will be approximately 13' x 40' in
size and will be located immediately adjacent to the north side of the
parking lot and at the west side of the high water boat ramp. Project
was submitted for review on 3-15-01.
- Rock Island Trail
0102224 - This project involves the installation of tile under the trail
by the local land owner in order to connect tile work that he has performed
to the east and west of the trail. Project was submitted for review
- I & M Canal 0102734
- This project entails the placement and operation of a 36" natural
gas pipeline across the canal north of Channahon. The method of construction
will be by open cut and will be adjacent to the recently installed pipeline
of Northern Border. Project was submitted for review on 4-23-01.
- Jim Edgar Panther Creek
SF&WA 0101880 - This project involves the planning and development
of a 15 mile hiking-biking trail around the Big Lake and a 4.5 mile
hiking trail around Drake Lake. Project was submitted for review on
- Mississippi Palisades
0102223 - This project involves the construction of a new communications
tower for the Illinois State Police. In addition to the tower, a small
pre-fab building, fencing, gravel access lane, and some trenching for
utilities will be required. Project was submitted for review on 3-26-01.
- Illinois Beach State
Park 0102219 - This project is a revision of a previously approved
project. The location of the new 8" sanitary sewer force main has
changed slightly where it crosses under the Union Pacific Railroad tracks
and the method of disconnecting the existing force main pipe from the
municipal sewer has been revised. Project was submitted for review on
- Horseshoe Lake (Alexander
County) 0101008 - This project involves the demolition and clean
up of old and dilapidated structures at the site. The buildings include
the Island Residence, West Side Residence and garage, old hunter check
station, Sleepy's Tavern, a mobile home and 2 other wood framed residences.
Project was submitted for review on 2-6-01.
- Anderson Lake 9902004
- This project involves the construction of a 5223' levee system at
the north end of the lake for waterfowl management and creating 40 more
acres of habitat. The 16,000 GPM pump that was removed from the south
pump station will supply the water need for the area. Project was submitted
for review on 9-14-99.
- Kaskaskia State Fish
& Wildlife Area 0001838 - This project includes the construction
of a levee across the mouth of a ditch that connects the backwater slough
to the Kaskaskia River and installation of a permanent pump station
that will flood both the Carr Bottoms and Jonathon Creek areas in an
effort to provide a more stable water source for waterfowl hunting.
Project was submitted for review on 3-10-00.
- Woodyard State Natural
0101882 - This project entails the demolition of all remaining buildings
at the recently acquired Scout Camp area. Buildings to be removed include
the residence, the maintenance building, the kitchen/dining building,
shower building and the training center. Project was submitted for review
- Woodford County SF&WA
0101875 - This project involves the placement of small quantities of
excavated river sediment on the artificial EMP island at the site in
Upper Peoria Lake. The sediment will be placed at near in situ moisture
content and observed to gain insights as to how well it will perform
as island building material. Project was submitted for review on 3-13-01.
- Washington County Conservation
Mississippi River Area
Frank Holten State Park
0102431, 0102437, 0102440 - This project involves the planting of trees
at various locations at the sites referenced above. The trees are being
provided by the Department of Transportation as part of their mitigation
for tree removal that occurred at road and bridge work locations in
that region. Projects were submitted for review on 4-5-01.
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Springfield, IL 62701
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