The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

March 14, 2013

City officials receive dam report

DANVILLE — The future of the Vermilion River and Ellsworth Park dams will be determined soon.

City officials have received the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recommendation for removals as part of a full report explaining the recommendations and studies that have been performed.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said Wednesday he and his staff are reading the report.

Eisenhauer said he’s not read enough of the report yet to comment on costs and other parts.

“We will have a meeting when we all get through the report,” Eisenhauer said.

IDNR Director Marc Miller has said the report has the recommendations of a complete removal of the Ellsworth Park dam and complete notching of the Vermilion River dam. The buttresses would be left there for the Vermilion River dam behind the Public Safety Building, with the dam face being removed. The dams date to 1914.

Other options looked at for the dams: partial removal, stepped spillway and rock ramp alternatives.

City officials want the dams removed because of the drowning deaths that have occurred there, and the potential danger they create for emergency responders.

The IDNR has determined the dams dangerous and, through the state, has earmarked $3 million for their removal.

Run-of-river dams are those that span the entire width of a river channel and water continuously flows over the crest of the dam. The drop at the dam crest, and the often dangerous currents downstream, contribute to hazardous conditions for river users and pedestrians.

Miller said there is money in the state’s capital funding for the removal of the dams in Danville this year.

“There will be a free-flowing river through this section that will allow the migration of fish downstream,” Miller said. “It will be healthy for all species.”

Miller said removing the dams will allow fish to move up about 175 miles of stream.

Opponents of the dam removals disagree.

They don’t want to see the Vermilion River and Ellsworth Park dams removed, but have other alternatives looked at more closely. They say the depth of the water and fish supplies will suffer.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Library sets program for Farmers' Market

    July 28, 2014

  • Reception celebrates truck

    July 28, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 28, 2014

  • Artists can sell artwork

    July 27, 2014

  • Children’s show auditions set

    July 27, 2014

  • Upward Bound still opens path to college Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus, Ohio, for a fateful interview. If it went well, perhaps he’d have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college.That was 34 years ag

    July 27, 2014

  • Tilton Redneck Games Today9:30 a.m. — Church services, Stage10:30 a.m. — Mud Bog Registration opens11:30 a.m. — Mud Volleyball, Beer Tent, Vendors and Kidz Zone opensNoon — Toilet seat pitching contestNoon — Tug of War grudge match, Mud Bogs start1:30 p.m. — Hotdog eatin

    July 27, 2014

  • Monical's to rebuild Tilton restaurant TILTON — Local residents could be enjoying Monical’s pizza in Tilton by the end of this year.Monical’s corporate officials issued a press release Friday outlining the rebuilding of the restaurant that was damaged by fire on April 24.According to the

    July 27, 2014

  • Dr kakarla.jpg On the mend

    OAKWOOD — As a mechanic, Charles “Chip” McArty thought he could fix anything … until he was diagnosed with cancer.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleThursdayBattery in the 1000 block of Walnut Street.FridayTheft of a cell phone in a box case valued at $400 taken from the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St.Danville female arrested in connection with retail th

    July 27, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Must Read