THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER
May 1, 2001
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS COMPLETED
Vol. 10, No. 10
Project reviews completed from March 15 to April 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 statutes.
- North Point Marina 62050 - This project involves the construction
of a 30' wide by 80' long addition onto the north side of the existing
service building. The addition will be located in the existing storage
yard. Project was submitted for review on 1-15-99.
- Beaver Dam State Park 0102425 - This project provides for the
complete rehabilitation of dam and boat access facilities at the site.
Dam rehabilitation items will include the addition of rip rap, 3:1 back
slope grading, concrete spillway demolition and removal, berm stabilization,
bentonite panel installation, new spillway and sluice gate, 2 in lake
aerators and underground electric service. Boat ramp items will include
a new 1 lane concrete boat ramp, floating boat docks, double unit vault
toilet, fish cleaning station, silt removal, drainage ditch relocation
and various utility work. Project was submitted for review on 4-4-01.
- I & M Canal 0102010 - This project involves various ADA
renovations at the site. Work items include the addition and replacement
of sidewalks at numerous locations, the replacement of drinking fountains,
the removal of existing toilet facilities and the construction of new
facilities, the rehabilitation of trail surfaces, and the restriping
of parking spaces. Project was submitted for
review on 3-19-01.
- North Point Marina 0102146 - This project entails the construction
of a new 175 space concrete surface parking lot on the unused hotel/retail
parcel located west of G Dock. The parcel is a flat, mowed grass area
between the marina's recreational basin/boardwalk and Marina Drive.
Project was submitted for review on 3-22-01.
- Hamilton County SF&WA 0102009 - This project involves
the expansion of the existing concession building by approximately 20'
x 30' on the west side of the building to provide more seating capacity
to the facility. Project was submitted for review on 3-19-01.
- Sangchris Lake State Park 0102017 - This project will erect
a new cabin for the Rent-A-Cabin program at the site. Work items will
include removal of old camp pad, the construction of a parking area,
sidewalk and patio work, and the rip rapping of the shoreline. Project
was submitted for review on 4-29-01.
- Rock Island Trail 0101884 - This project involves a private
contractor removing various kinds of trash from the Rock Island Trail
Prairie Nature Preserve and legally disposing of the material off site.
All access and work areas will be monitored by the District Natural
Heritage Biologist as the work progresses. Project was submitted for
review on 3-13-01.
- Wildlife Prairie Park 0102225 - Work under this project will
selectively remove several Osage Orange trees for fencing and animal
enclosure repairs. The debris removed will be piled for wildlife habitat.
Project was submitted for review on 3-26-01.
- Golconda Marina 0102217 - This project involves the hydraulic
dredging of approximately 5,000 cubic yards of accumulated material
from the entrance to the harbor and deposited in a previously approved
spoil basin. Project was submitted for review on 3-27-01.
- I & M Canal 0101883 - This project will consist of making
soil investigation within the canal prism in conjunction with a rewatering
study. Soil borings and exploratory trenching within the prism will
be conducted to determine the existing soil characteristics and the
ability of the canal to hold water. Project was submitted for review
- Weinberg King State Park 0101886 - This project provides for
the expansion of equestrian campground facilities at the site. Work
items include new road construction and upgrading, 2-3 new vault toilets,
site utility services, security lighting, hitching rails, playground
equipment, grading and drainage improvements, culverts, retaining walls,
signage and landscaping. Project was submitted for review on 3-12-01.
- Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area 0101811 - This
project involves the Jasper County Highway Department improving approximately
2.5 miles of township roads that provide access to the site. All construction
will occur on township road ROW. Project was submitted for review on
- Mt. Vernon Game Farm 0101339 - This project will involve the
rehabilitation of the existing dam for the 12 acre wetland area at the
site. Work items will include the removal of trees growing on the dam
and repairing eroded sections with fill dirt obtained in an adjacent
field. Project was submitted for review on 2-13-01.
- Siloam Springs State Park 0101338 - This project includes
extensive repair to three critically damaged equestrian trails totaling
23 miles in length. Work items include the reconstruction of a 6' x
24' equestrian bridge, the repair and redecking of 4 other bridges,
installation of geo-web at 12 creek crossings, the installation of 148'
of culvert pipe, the installation of 5900' of fencing and 246' of retaining
wall, the construction of 64 drainage structures, the grading of eroded
areas of 4 miles of trails and the rehardening of the trail tread with
gravel. Project was submitted for review on 2-15-01.
- Hennepin Canal Parkway 0008953 - This project involves the
Green Wing Duck Club's request for a license t place a 12" to 15"
culvert through the south canal bank for the purpose of withdrawing
water from the canal for use in their wetland operation. Project was
submitted for review on 12-5-00.
- Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park 9903359 - This project involves
the construction of a 4.0 mile bike trail within the park. The trail
will be a part of the greater Rend Lake Bike Trail. Project was submitted
for review on 11-4-00.
- Illinois Beach State Park 0004287 - This project involves
the transportation and deposition of sand in the park's north and south
units for the purpose of beach and shoreline stabilization. The sand
will be obtained from off site commercial sources or from in lake dredged
material. Project was submitted for review on 8-13-00.
- Green River State Wildlife Area 101504 - This project entails
the relocation of an ADA accessible hard surfaced trail form Area #6
to Daven's Pond. Other work items include the enlargement of the parking
area and a hard surfaced parking stall and the installation of a bench
at the viewing area. Project was submitted for review on 2-28-01.
- Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park 0009293 - This project involves
the construction of Segment C of the Wayne Fitzgerrell bike trail on
the alignment of an abandoned township road at the north end of the
park. Segment C will be approximately 0.9 miles in length and starts
at the park's east boundary and runs in an east-west direction to the
Rend Lake Resort. Project was submitted for review on 12-11-00.
- South Shore 0006449 - This project will provide for boat docking
facilities adjacent to the lodge at the site. Development items will
include docks, electric service and water hook ups, a shallow sand beach
area for sailboat docking, a sanitary dump station, breakwater jetty,
concrete walkway, shoreline stabilization, and a viewing platform/gazebo.
Project was submitted for review on 8-31-00.
- Brainerd Cave 0101887 - This project involves the installation
of a steel gate at the entrance to the cave in order to prevent vandalization
to the cave and the five species of bats that use it. Project was submitted
for review on 3-12-01.
- Castle Rock State Park 0101340 - This project involves the
installation of 4,400 feet of fencing at the site to address the issue
of public safety by clearly defining posted boundaries because of the
nearby mining activities and the sites hunting programs. Project was
submitted for review on 2-13-00.
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process or this newsletter should be directed to:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Div. of Natural Resource Review & Coordination
524 S. Second Street,
Springfield, IL 62701
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