Learn about Fox River dams Aug. 24 in Aurora
Friends of the Fox River will host "Dam Night Out," with a focus on Fox River dams, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora and Riveredge Park.
Friends president Gary Swick invites the community to this free meeting.
It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Roundhouse for a short walk to Riveredge Park bike and pedestrian bridge. At 6:15 p.m., there will be an overview of Fox River's natural and cultural history and introduction to river restoration and question period. Participants will return to Roundhouse Tavern Room at 6:45 p.m. where food and beverages will be available for purchase.
At 7:15 p.m., there will be a program on the science of river restoration involving dam removal.
According to Swick, the event is designed to explore Fox River restoration and dam removal.
He said Friends representatives will detail Fox River history, concerns from scientific data and an exciting vision for the future.
Swick added, "The future looks bright for improved water quality and habitat and for those benefits to fish, mussels, paddlers, and the whole community. The dams on the Fox River were constructed to provide mechanical power for local industry. In some cases, the impoundment created by the dams was a source of ice cut for refrigeration.
"Power is no longer generated by these dams, nor are ice blocks harvested," Swick continued. "The dams have been found to significantly degrade habitat and water quality, disrupt fish and mussel dispersal, and present a safety hazard to humans. Much has been accomplished to improve local water quality over the past 50 years. Now, the cheapest and easiest way to improve Fox River water quality is to restore the natural habitat through dam removal."
In addition, the restoration will result in improved recreational opportunities and protect human safety, Swick said.
For more information, call (815) 370-0026 or e-mail dam@FOTFR.org.
Friends of the Fox River is a West Dundee-based nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, restore and protect the Fox River watershed's resources by connecting people with nature through education, research, restoration and advocacy. It includes citizens and organizations taking action to protect the quality of the Fox River and its tributaries. The organization encourages adults and students to become involved in protecting the river and its watershed. Visit friendsofthefoxriver.org.