City hosts open house on dam solutions

City hosts open house on dam solutions

DANVILLE — The public is invited to an open house Tuesday night to hear the results of a study on ways to modify the dams on the Vermilion River and North Fork River in Ellsworth Park.

The open house will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the David S. Palmer Arena. It's hosted by the city of Danville, which owns the two dams, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which led the study of the two dams. The city will be making a decision this year, based on this study, whether to remove or modify the two dams, which have been sites of drownings in 2003 and prior years.

The open house will include exhibits showing conceptual details of multiple options considered for altering the two dams in an effort to reduce or eliminate public safety concerns and improve ecological conditions and recreational opportunities along the waterways.

City and state officials will be there to discuss the state's strategic planning study and recommended plans. A formal presentation will be given at 6 p.m. during the open house. Written comments and questions will be accepted by the city and the state department during the open house.

If you have questions concerning the open house, call city officials at 431-2400.

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jk23 wrote on April 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

I hope they come up with a dam solution.