CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois Professors Clark Bullard and Bruce Rhoads will talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday about the effects of work on the Salt Fork River in Champaign County.
The talk takes place at Champaign County Democrats Headquarters, 14 E. Washington St., downtown Champaign. The function is the Democrats' May Meet-Up.
The dredging and clearing of the channel, including clear-cutting a number of trees, by the Upper Salt Fork Drainage District has been a controversial topic since first proposed in 2003 and work started in 2004. The first phase has been completed between Rantoul to just north of St. Joseph and the second phase, from St. Joseph to halfway to Sidney, is pending, according to Bullard.
Bullard and Rhoads will talk about ways to provide necessary drainage, while still maintaining the health and aesthetic value of the river. Bullard also will show slides of the river before Phase I and after the work was completed.