THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER
March 1, 1998
Volume 6, Number 8
Project reviews completed from January 15 to February 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. These projects do not meet the criteria for significant actions as defined in the environmental review process and may proceed.
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
5-98-030 - This project provides for the improvement of the existing boat harbor at Route 154 by adding a double lane concrete boat ramp, courtesy boat docks, additional paving for maneuvering, and connecting parking lots. In addition, a picnic shelter, security lights, information kiosk and side walks will be installed. The project will impact an area 1.5 - 2.0 acres in size. Project was submitted for review on 1-26-98.
Ten Mile Creek Fish and Wildlife Area
TMC-97-SUB - This project provides for the construction of low level levees on the perimeter of agricultural fields to provide habitat and hunting opportunities. The levees will be up to 3 feet high and 20 feet wide with the borrow material coming from the field adjacent to the levee. Flooding will be accomplished with the use of portable pumps to a depth of 0 to 18 inches. Project was submitted for review on 3-14-97.
Rock Cut State Park
1-98-109A - This proposed project will design and construct a 2500 sq. ft. new concession building on the site of the existing building after it has been demolished. The existing parking lot will remain and be expanded. In addition, the existing well and septic system will be abandoned and replaced with city water and sewer from Harlem Road. All disturbed areas will be graded and seeded. Project was submitted for review on 1-6-98.
50212 - This project is part of an ongoing effort to stabilize stream channels and reduce bank erosion in the Panther Creek drainage at the site. The project will entail construction of six rock riffles for grade control and habitat enhancement. A maximum of 50' of bank shaping on the east side of the stream will be required for heavy equipment access. The sites will be graded to a final slope of 1:1 and native grasses will be planted in the disturbed areas. Project was submitted for review on 1-13-98.
Goose Lake Prairie
GLP-98-01 - This project entails the drilling of a new well at the site to restore service to the visitor center and service complex. The new well will be located in close proximity to the existing well. Project was submitted for review on 1-22-98.
Prophets town State Park
50211 - This proposed project will reconstruct the existing roads and parking areas at the site. Items will include scarification of road surfaces, application of 2" of bituminous surface, traffic islands, pavement markings, and treated timbers to act as curb along the boat launch parking area and turn-around. Project was submitted for review on 1-22-98.
Watford Co. Fish and Wildlife Area >
50213 - This project will provide for the removal of sand, debris, and trees from the original creek bed through a flowage agreement with James Lambie. Approximately 800 -900' of creed will be affected at the site. Project was submitted for review on 1-22-98.
1-98-110C - This project will replace the deteriorated existing vault toilets at the site with ADA approved concrete block units. A 30 foot by 5 foot side walk will also be provided. Project was submitted for review on 1-6-98.
Kickapoo State Park
98-109C - This project will provide for the construction of a new concession building for the canoe/boat rental area. In addition to the building, the project will also provide for all necessary site improvements and utilities such as landscaping, walks, telephone, sewage treatment, and docks/fishing pier. Project was submitted for review on 4-23-97.
Starved Rock State Park
50207 - An east-west power line that runs from IL 178 through the parking/picnic area was surveyed for potential outage problems due to overhanging trees. Eight large and numerous small trees were found to be severely leaning and should be removed to lessen the potential for power outages along this stretch of the corridor. Project was submitted for review on 1-22-98.
Des Plaines Conservation Area
This project will provide for the removal of 14 single stall vault toilets at the site, and replace them with 7 new doublestall standard masonry vault toilet buildings, plus vehicle parking space and sidewalk improvements needed to make the building ADA accessible. Project was submitted for review and was approved in 1994 but the sign off had expired and was submitted for updating.
Apple River Canyon State Park
Apple 7 - This project entails the removal of 10 sets of aged vault toilets within the park and their replacement by 7 concrete block units. Other elements of the project include the construction of a 30' long by 5' wide sidewalk and grading and seeding. Project was submitted for review on 1-6-98.
Shabbona Lake State Park
44718 - This project entails the construction of a small cabin and a gravel road into a parking area within the campground at the site. Project was submitted for review on 7-22-97.
Dickson Mounds Museum
1-98-107 - This project involves the removal of the 1850s Canton-Liverpool toll booth from its present location and relocating it to an area immediately adjacent to the museum for better use. Project was submitted for review on 1-6-98.
Marshall Co. Fish & Wildlife Area
49274 - This project involves the Transmontaigne Pipeline Co. laying a pipeline by directional drilling under the Illinois River and adjacent floodplain to the point of the levee system at the site. From the levee the line will be entrenched along an existing access road to their station that is located along Ill. Route. 29. Project was submitted for review on 12-10-97.
Chain O' Lakes State Park
COL-97-001 - This project is designed to restore and enhance a wetland complex which has been adversely impacted by hydrologic alterations, including the installation of farm tiles, open drainage ditches, and road construction. Project elements include the removal of cement culverts, installation of an overflow swale, filling of open drainage ditches, and removal of field tiles. Project was submitted for review on 12-10-96.
Peabody River King
50216 - This project will provide two permanent privies at locations adjoining existing parking lots at the site. To date, the site has had to rent portable privies on an annual basis. Project was submitted for review on 1-7-98.
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