Illinois River

Lock & Dam Upgrades
8:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Farmers Hope for River System Improvements

The Crimson Glory pushing a barge down the Illinois River at Peoria.
Credit Rich Egger

Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.

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Invasive Species
12:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Chinese Market Could Help Rid Midwest Rivers of Asian Carp

Recently processed Asian carp hang in racks at the Two Rivers Fisheries processing plant in Wickliffe, Ky. The fishing industry hopes demand from China can both create a market for, and help rid U.S. rivers of, the invasive species.
Credit Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

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WIUM Local
10:36 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Illinois River Sweep Cleans the Lamoine Too

Volunteers at the 2012 Illinois River Sweep (Not in Macomb.)
Credit https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheIllinoisRiver/photos_stream

The Illinois River Sweep takes place this Saturday,  people from communities all along the river and its tributaries will work together to clean up the waterways. 

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Invasive Species
10:28 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Eradicating Asian Carp from Illinois Rivers

Asian carp
Credit treehugger.com

Illinois has come up with a straightforward solution to its Asian carp problem: fishing.

“It’s simple but it’s exciting to see it work,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who chairs the state’s river coordinating councils.

The state is encouraging businesses to fish for the carp by promoting markets for them. The fish are being touted as a high protein meal for foreign and domestic markets. But don’t look for “Asian Carp” on a local menu – it’s been rebranded as “Silver Fin.”

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