Learn how dams impact the Fox River March 8

  • At a Friends of the Fox River program March 8 in West Dundee, engineer and FOFR board member Art Malm will talk about the effect of dams on the Fox River and why he believes it's time to remove them.

    At a Friends of the Fox River program March 8 in West Dundee, engineer and FOFR board member Art Malm will talk about the effect of dams on the Fox River and why he believes it's time to remove them. Courtesy of Friends of the Fox River

 
Submitted by Friends of the Fox River
Posted3/2/2020 8:29 AM

We can return the Fox River to the vibrant conditions that Native Americans saw when they lived in the Fox River Valley.

Learn how this can happen at the Friends of the Fox River Schweitzer Environmental Center Second Sunday program from 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 8 at 16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road, West Dundee, in the Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Professional engineer and FOFR board member Art Malm will examine the negative impact of the dams on the Fox ecosystem, its water quality and habitats, and why it's time to remove them. He'll also provide insight into his new word for the day: "biogeomorphology." (He says it's a "surefire killer" of a topic when conversing with friends.)

Malm will also give an update on the Fabulous Fox Water Trail and progress toward removal of the first dam south of Algonquin at Carpentersville.

The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, call (815) 356-6605, or visit friendsofthefoxriver.org.

This insightful program will vividly illustrate what dam removal may look like based upon experiences where dams have been removed from rivers in Illinois similar to the Fox. Malm has 40 years of experience working in water supply and water pollution control, including engineering, administration, construction management, and facility operations. He has been conducting research mapping the river bed in Kane County, investigating fish consumption advisories for the Fox River, and advocating for dam removal.

About Friends of the Fox River

The mission of the Friends of the Fox River is to preserve, restore and protect the Fox River Watershed's resources by connecting people with nature through education, research, restoration and advocacy.

Friends of the Fox River is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization made up of citizens and organizations taking action to protect and maintain the quality of the Fox River and its tributaries.

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