THE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER
July 1, 2001
Vol. 10, No.12
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS COMPLETED
Project reviews completed from May 15 to June 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.
- Coffeen Lake SFWA
0100718 - This project involves the expansion of the existing parking
lot at the McCracken Cove day use area. The expansion will involve an
area of 25' x 50' and a base of CA 6 will be spread over it. Project
was submitted for review on 1-26-01.
- Frank Holten State Park
0103808 - This project provides for electrical improvements within the
Grand Marais Day Use Area at the site. Development items include underground
electrical service from School House Road into the day use area, demolition
and removal of overhead lines and poles, trenching and backfilling,
and mulching and seeding of disturbed areas. Project was submitted for
review on 5-29-01.
- I & M Canal
0103806 - This project consists of the installation of 250' of 4"
high density polyethylene pipe under the canal. The pipe will be installed
by directional boring and contain a 48 count fiber optic cable. Project
was submitted for review on 5-23-01.
- Miller Anderson Nature
0102221 - This project involves the removal of a dangerous bridge and
the relocation of sections of deteriorating trail at the site. Other
activities will include the placing of stepping stones at a new stream
crossing and the construction of a raised boardwalk and new staircase.
Project was submitted for review on 3-26-01.
- North Point Marina
0103085 - This project involves the installation of man holes, catch
basins, and storm sewer pipes at the North beach and public boat launch
parking lots and the overlay of existing aggregate with bituminous concrete
and rip rap installation at the North beach parking lot and at the vehicle-boat
trailer parking lot. Project was submitted for review on 4-30-01.
- Wolf Creek State Park
0101885 - This project involves the construction of a new district office
for the Law Enforcement division at the site. The building will be approximately
24' x 30' in size and located to the north of the existing parking area
at the park's service area. Project was submitted for review on 1-2-01.
- Mautino State F&WA
0103629 - This project will entail the installation of 750' of 6"
drain tile through the middle of the sunflower field at the site to
facilitate the planting and cropping of sunflowers. Project was submitted
for review on 5-23-01.
- Sanganois SWA
0102423 - This project involves the rehabilitation of the main Collis
Pond levee to a 12' top width and 3:1 side slopes. The existing 36"
diameter culvert pipe shall be replaced with two 48" culvert pipes
and stop- log structures. Also, a ruptured 36" diameter culvert
in the Little Sangamon levee shall be replaced with a 48" culvert
pipe and stop-log structure. Project was submitted for review on 4-4-01.
- Wolf Creek State Park
0103071 - This project involves the rehabilitation of the existing equestrian
trail at the site due to deteriorating drainage conditions. Work items
include the installation of culverts, trail grading, development of
drainage swales, installation of a rest area, hitching posts, benches,
and signage. Project was submitted for review on 4-29-01.
- Ray Norbut SF&WA
0102790 - This project involves earthwork that will create an earth
berm across a small draw with the addition of a culvert and rock spillway.
Project was submitted for review on 4-16-01.
- Sam Parr State Park
0102791 - This project involves the removal of approximately 8 acres
of autumn olive on the east arm of the lake. The olive will be pushed
out using a bulldozer with a root rake. The material will be piled for
nesting cover for wildlife. Project was submitted for review on 4-20-01.
- Sanganois SF&WA
0102782 - This project involves the construction of a levee across Bach
Slough to impound water behind the existing levee. This will allow hunters
to access the southern portion of the site without having to pull their
boats over the Phase I levee and boat through the refuge at Ash Swale.
Project was submitted for review on 4-22-01.
- Clinton Lake
0103070 - This project involves the placement of erosion control water
bars, retaining walls, and bridges on the hiking trail, and low water
crossings and culverts on the equestrian trail to address erosion problems.
Benches will be installed on both trails. Project was submitted for
review on 4-29-01.
- Morrison Rockwood State
0103133 - This project involves the replacement and rehabilitation of
the existing park water system to bring it into compliance with Public
Health standards. Also included is the addition of a trailer dump station
for the equestrian area. Project was submitted for review on 5-3-01.
- Banner Marsh SF&WA
0103130 - This project involves the removal of invading Honey Locust
from a 10 acre tract at the site. The trees will be removed with a small
dozer and piled for habitat. Project was submitted for review on 5-3-01.
- Jim Edgar Panther Creek
0103072 - This project involves work by the IDOT to replace two existing
bridges on County Highway 11 over Panther Creek and Cox Creek. In addition,
the parking lot for the field trials will be surfaced with an oil and
chip surface. Project was submitted for review on 4-29-01.
- Rock Cut State Park
0102747 - This project will construct a series of stairs and platforms,
construct a trail head, correct erosion problems, remove rogue trails,
and install trail markers for the 1- mile Lone Rock Trail. Project was
submitted for review on 4-20-01.
- Weldon Springs State
0103138 - Work to be completed at the site with this project includes
the installation of a new trailer dump station, campground host site,
five new campsites, information kiosk, flag pole, camp check station,
four security gates, five vault toilets, two picnic shelters, new play
equipment, and two trail bridges. Project was submitted for review on
- Starved Rock State Park
0103128 - This project involves the resurfacing and upgrading of access
roads and existing parking areas off of Canyon Drive at the site. In
addition, shoulder, ditch, culvert, and erosion control improvements
will also be made. Project was submitted for review on 5-3-01.
- Beaver Dam State Park
0002896 - This project involves the complete resurfacing and upgrading
of the existing road and parking area system at the site. Development
items include the replacement of the "Y" intersection in the
Needles Eye Day Use Area with a "T" intersection, and approximately
200' of new road. Project was submitted for review on 4-5-01.
- Pere Marquette State
Kaskaskia River SF&WA
Horseshoe Lake (Madison Co.)
Region 4 Office
0102435, 0101438, 0102439, 0102432 - These projects involve the planting
of trees at various locations at the sites referenced above. The trees
are being provided by the Department of Transportation as part of their
mitigation for tree removal that occurred at road and bridge work locations
in that region. Projects were submitted for review on 4-5-01.
- Horseshoe Lake State
0103805 - This project involves the Illinois State Geological Survey
conducting test borings at six sites to obtain a continuous sediment
sample of up to 50' or more in depth. In addition, piezometers will
be installed at the boring sites for periodic measurements of ground
water. Project was submitted for review on 5-30-01.
- Lake Le-Aqua-Na State
0103136 - This project involves the reconstruction and resurfacing of
the park road system and Dunloggin Road. Work items include the redesigning
and reconstruction of the park area roads, the reconstruction of a concrete
box culvert, providing shoulder and ditch work, and the grading and
seeding of disturbed areas. Project was submitted for review on 5-3-01.
- Dickson Mounds State
0008498 - This project involves the completion of the exterior restoration
of the East Waterford Schoolhouse, the construction of a 20' x 30' patio
adjacent to the concession, the construction of an outdoor amphitheater
including seating for 100-150 people, the construction of a 36' x 75'
service building with office space and a break room, and the addition
of appropriate signage. Project was submitted for review on 11-7-00.
- Rock Island Trail
0103809 - This project involves the Chiquita Canning Factory installing
an 8" drain tile and an 8" force main for their irrigators
across the trail. The two lines will be side by side in the same trench.
Project was submitted for review on 5-29-01.
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