ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS COMPLETED
Project reviews completed from December 15 to
January 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 the projects 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.
Notice of Significant Action
- Sangchris Lake State Park
9903861 - This project involves the reclamation
of portions of the West Boat Dock day use area. Work activities will include the
re-utilization of the shelter, parking lot, and restroom and water facilities.
Autumn olive and other undesirable vegetation will also be cleared and the
equestrian trail will be extended to Route 104. Project was submitted for review
- I&M Canal
9903571 - This project entails the installation
of an eight inch natural gas liquids pipeline under the canal. The pipeline will
be installed by the directional drilling method. Project was submitted for
review on 11-9-99.
- Wolf Creek
9904709 - This project will involve the
construction of a four acre wetland site adjacent to the Wolf Creek sewage
treatment plant. The wetland will use the effluent water from the sewage lagoon.
Upon completion the wetland will be used as a study guide for the EPA and the
NRCS, a nursery for wetland plants, and as an outdoor learning center. Project
was submitted for review on 12-20-99.
- Kaskaskia River Fish & Wildlife Area
9904087 - This project provides for the spoil
removal and reforestation of 8-10 acres of land at the Route 154 day use area at
the site. Several hundred native trees will be planted along a corridor 100'
wide and 1000' long. Project was submitted for review on 11-29-99.
- Red Wing Slough
9902930 - This project involves the modification
of the water control structure that controls the wetland basin. It is
anticipated that by the temporary lowering of existing water levels at the
slough an additional 40 acres of substrate will be exposed for emergent
vegetation. This will result in 114 total acres of emergent vegetation at the
site. Project was submitted for review on 10-28-99.
- Sanganois State Fish & Wildlife Area
60926 - This project addresses the ADA compliance
plan at the site. Work items include the installation of accessible parking,
ramps, hardware, blinds, and fishing sites. Project was submitted for review on
Woodyard State Natural Area
9904702 - Under this project the existing
township road will be upgraded with an A-3 oil and chip surface from the point
3/4 mile west of the site to the eastern terminus of the road at the site staff
residence. The work will also include drainage improvements and both horizontal
and vertical alignment improvements, seeding and relocation of utility lines.
Project was submitted for review on 12-14-99.
- Lake Le Aqua-Na State Park
9903577 - This project involves the stabilization
of an eroding streambank along Waddams Creek in the park. The stabilization will
consist of the placement of riprap by track hoe along the toe of the bank for a
distance of 200' and keyed 4-5' into the bank at the upper and lower ends and at
the midpoint. Project was submitted for review on 11-15-99.
Carlyle Lake (Eldon Hazlet State Park)
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has
proposed to expand the existing cabin facilities located at Eldon Hazlet State
Park. The existing cabins, erected in 1998, and consisting of 6 single and 3
duplex units have been well received by the public and significantly contribute
to the over all experience of visitors to this park system. It is proposed that the new units (10-12) will be located in the same general area as the existing
cabins and together will serve as a contiguous maintained cabin area (see
attached general location map). Each unit will be 1 « stories in height and
have a covered entrance, main level bedroom, loft bedroom, living room,
kitchenette with appliances, bath, covered rear porch, and mechanical space.
Specific cabin locations have not been selected, but will be based on field
assessments that identify wetlands and eastern massasauga habitat. Adverse
impact to these two resources will be avoided. Work items that will be included
with the addition of the new units will include sidewalks, additional road work,
utility runs and hook ups, concrete dumpster, propane tank pads and possible
The ecological setting of the existing and
proposed units can be described as upland forest bisected by a slough that
drains to Dempsey Cove and situated along and near the Carlyle Lake shoreline at
the park. The area is extensively used by visitors and cabin guests through out
most of the spring, summer, and fall months.
The narrow band of lake shoreline and the slough
mentioned above are the only wetland resources identified in the project area.
The Department has taken precautions, in its planning for the cabin placement,
to avoid these areas and impacts to this resource. Any unavoidable impacts will
be mitigated at established ratios in accordance with the Illinois Wetland
A phase I archaeological survey of the area has
been performed and it was determined that there will be no archaeological or
cultural resource impacts associated with the proposal.
THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES
Since the installation of the original cabin
units, the Department has become aware of the fact that the state endangered
eastern massasauga rattlesnake utilizes this area through out the spring,
summer, and fall months. In general, two seasonal migrations occur with the
massasauga in this area. During the winter months the snake utilizes crayfish
burrows in the low lying areas and along the lake's shoreline for hibernation.
During the spring the species will emerge from the borrows and move to higher
elevations around the lake that provide the needed summer foraging habitat. In
the fall the species will again return to the lower elevations and shoreline
areas to occupy the crayfish burrows for the winter hibernation. Survey work is
currently underway by the Illinois Natural History Survey using radio telemetry
to study of the movements of this species, not only at the cabin site but the
Carlyle Lake area in general, to gain a better understanding of the seasonal
movements of the massasauga and its essential habitat areas at the lake. Besides
the seasonal scheduling of activities that could possibly result in impacts to
the snake, a set of protocols have been developed that would address any work
that would be undertaken, not only with this proposal but all activities that
are proposed on state lands at Carlyle Lake. The protocol items address the
steps that should be taken in the event that a massasauga rattlesnake is
encountered by either work crews or the public. These items include the
termination of all activities at the sighting location, a list of qualified
people to contact to report the encounter, marking of the sighting area and the
filing of a "massasauga data sheet" in cooperation with the contact
person. The contact people are qualified to handle these snakes and will insure
that all required information will be obtained and recorded.
The Department is inviting comments and any
questions from the public on this proposal. Comments or questions may be sent
Mr. Kenneth L. Litchfield, CERP Program
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Office of Realty and Environmental Planning
524 S. Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Phone: (217) 785-5500
All comments must be received by the close of
business on Wednesday, March 15, 2000.
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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