More dam removals

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More dam removals

Postby Rambler » Oct Tue 13, 2020 7:14 am

Article on front page of the Trib this AM says lots of dams are slated for removal.

Hammel Woods dam on the DuPage, Touhy & Devon dams on DRP, Batavia dam, and more are on the chopping block.

Good news for all avowed dam haters.
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Re: More dam removals

Postby badger75 » Oct Tue 13, 2020 3:42 pm

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct- ... story.html

Includes Batavia and North Aurora dams. Both near me. Wow! And I thought IL was broke, no $$.
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Re: More dam removals

Postby matt_ski » Oct Tue 13, 2020 5:18 pm

They broke because they keep spending...
This is great tho, stoked about dpr and hammel woods
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Re: More dam removals

Postby jmdog2003 » Oct Wed 14, 2020 9:57 am

Dude please, please, please link the Dupage directly to the Des Plaines!
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Re: More dam removals

Postby Rambler » Oct Wed 14, 2020 10:04 am

Dog: Are you suggesting a canal? Got enough of them already.
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Re: More dam removals

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Wed 14, 2020 12:24 pm

Those last 2 remaining dams on the Des Plaines have been slated for removal since 2012. Don't hold your breath though.
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Re: More dam removals

Postby matt_ski » Oct Wed 14, 2020 12:42 pm

Rambler wrote:Dog: Are you suggesting a canal? Got enough of them already.


I think he means hammel woods. I cant imagine many fish being able to go above it except during very high water event.
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Postby jmdog2003 » Oct Wed 14, 2020 6:17 pm

Shorewood and Channahon dams...kill 'em both
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Re: More dam removals

Postby Hatchetman » Oct Wed 14, 2020 6:29 pm

why the hell did they put dams on these tiny rivers to begin with?
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Re: More dam removals

Postby Rambler » Oct Wed 14, 2020 6:35 pm

Ah...I get it. Sorry for being obtuse. Seems to me the Dup & DPR are already linked in that the Dup joins the DPR. I thought you were pushing for a direct connection way upstream.

Over the long haul dam removal will improve river habitats. But in the short run the fishing might get worse. That's been my experience on the DPR since the dams were taken out.
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Re: More dam removals

Postby Skifish1 » Oct Wed 14, 2020 10:43 pm

Dam removals screw up fishing for sure, eventually rivers will adjust perhaps form channels upstream of the removed dam and get some foliage restablished to stabilize banks. It coule be a 10 to 15 year adjustment of a removed dam area. I can tell you that dpr dam 1 and 2 removals resulted in lower water obviously and more flow. All the river weeds and vegetation went away and now just clean sand. I believe the water plant roots more or less were blown away. Even areas farther away has resulted in less weeds. I dont care much either way about dpr dam removals the low heads were low and fish could get over. Bigger waters with bigger drop dams like on the Fox blow all those dams away so fish can natrually migrate. The big challenge with dam removal, besides cost, is all the people on a bigger river who have docks and feel entitled to have a dam impounded lake for their boating pleasures.
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Re: More dam removals

Postby mike son » Oct Sat 17, 2020 8:45 am

Huh, good read, hadn't heard about this. Like Skifish said, all the people with docks and boats on the Fox was the reason against removing the dams over there, surprised to see they green lighted the removal of a few. It'll be interesting to see how Graue Mill plays out, I live less than 10mins away from there and never fish it. Would be nice to catch some smallies there if the river cleans up.
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