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posted: 9/18/2013 1:29 PM

Public meetings scheduled to discuss Des Plaines River report

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submission

The dates and locations have been announced for public meetings to discuss the "Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries, IL and WI Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment," which was released for public comment Sept. 3.

The document outlines a variety of potential flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects that could be implemented along the Upper Des Plaines River -- an area that extends approximately from southern Racine County, Wis., to Riverside, Ill.

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Public meetings will be held Sept. 23 to 25, at the following locations. There will be an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a presentation and open discussion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at each meeting.

• Monday, Sept, 23: Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect,

• Tuesday, Sept. 24: Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.

• Wednesday, Sept. 25: Kenosha County Building, 19600 75th St., Bristol, Wis.

The plans outlined in the draft report propose the construction of levees, reservoirs, and other features to reduce flood damages in the Upper Des Plaines River watershed.

The plans also include proposed ecosystem restoration features that would restore more than 10,900 acres of native march, meadow, prairie, savanna, woodland, and forest habitats in the watershed.

The report is available online at http://1.usa.gov/1dtLpFg. In addition, digital copies of the integrated report are available at the following libraries within the project study area: Des Plaines; Franklin Park; Warren Newport in Gurnee; Cook Memorial in Libertyville; Vernon Area in Lincolnshire; Park Ridge; Prospect Heights; River Grove; Riverside; Schiller Park; and Indian Trails in Wheeling.

Comments will be accepted by the Chicago District until Oct. 2. Written and oral comments will be accepted at the public meetings. Comments may also be submitted online at the project website; mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. 231 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604, ATTN: Peter Bullock; or emailed to UDPR&T@usace.army.mil.

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