THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER
October 1, 2001
Vol. 11, No. 3
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS COMPLETED
Project reviews completed from August 15 to September 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.
- Rend Lake SF&WA
0106394 - This project involves the removal of willows that have been
encroaching on the mud flats of the refuge. The willows, as well as
old brush piles, will be moved to an old fence row at a high elevation
to improve the habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. Project was submitted
for review on 8-31-01.
- Tri-County State Park
0105896 - ABB Energy Ventures Inc. is preparing to construct an
electricity generating plant east of the park and has proposed to install
visual buffer plantings on approximately 12 acres of IDNR property.
Plantings will include site-appropriate trees, shrubs, grasses, and
forbs for development of visual buffer, savanna, and mesic prairie.
Project was submitted for review on 8-1-01.
- Horseshoe Lake (Madison
0105104 - Granite City has proposed to construct, on an abandoned
railroad ROW, an 80' wide by 2,400' long storm water ditch from Dobrey
Slough to Horseshoe Lake to reduce residential flooding. Three detention/siltation/wetland
areas, totaling 11 acres, will be constructed along the ditch to reduce
any impacts of siltation to the lake. Project was submitted for review
- Jubilee College State
0102746 - In the attempt to stabilizes surfaces, eliminate low areas
that retain runoff, and to curb erosion the following work will be conducted
on the multiple use trails throughout the park. Low areas will be built
up with CA1 rock topped with a roadmix, culverts and geo-web will be
installed at creek crossings, earthen diverters will be created, and
new trail signs will be installed. Project was
submitted for review on 4-20-01.
- Sand Ridge State Forest
0105101 - In cooperation with local volunteers an equestrian trail
will be laid out between Horseman's Park and Goofy Ridge. The trail
will consist of approximately 4.071 miles of existing fire lanes, .476
miles of existing trail, and 1.01 miles of new trail. Sign posts will
be made on site and consist of 30 black locust posts with reflectors.
Project was submitted for review on 7-24-01.
- Nauvoo State Park
0006465 - This project entails the installation of a standard IDNR set
of play equipment, a 16' x 25' concrete surfaced parking space, and
a 5' wide concrete sidewalk. A 5-7 space aggregate parking lot will
also be developed by site staff. Project was submitted for review on
- Lake in the Hills Fen
0105099 - This project will establish a new mowed path pedestrian foot
trail at the site. The trail will be approximately 36" wide and
1,200' long and is needed for access around a proposed addition along
the western boundary of the Preserve. A 15' x 20' mowed area overlook
will be provided for visitors to view the nature preserve addition.
Project was submitted for review on 7-28-01.
- Starved Rock State Park
0105424 - This project will involve the regrading and repair of
an eroded gully east of the park entrance to facilitate the restoration
of the area and reduce potential hazards to visitors. Project was submitted
for review on 7-5-01.
- Starved Rock State Park
0105425 - This project will involve the removal and clearing of
encroaching woody vegetation utilizing a hydro-axe or similar machine
in order to facilitate the restoration of an old field community to
native prairie vegetation. Project was submitted for review on 7-5-01.
- Sangamon Valley Trail
0105266 - This project consists of a proposal by the Office of Public
Utilities within the City of Springfield along the Department's newly
acquired Northwestern Railroad property. Work items will include underground
electric crossings consisting of 6 conduits and 3,400' of overhead electrical
lines along the alignment. Project was submitted for review on 7-25-01.
- Hennepin Canal Parkway
0105264 - This project involves the addition of overhead lighting
along the canal trail in the city of Colona from 9th street to I-80.
All of the power lines would be buried and the light fixtures would
stand approximately 20' to25' tall along the 1.5 miles of trail. Project
was submitted for review on 7-25-01.
- Carlyle Lake WMA
0105265 - This project involves the borrowing of fill from existing
borrow areas in order to repair and reshape E Levee which has been breached
by erosion and wave action. Project was submitted for review on 7-25-01.
Questions and Comments
All questions and comments about the environmental review
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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