Water levels have dropped along the North Fork and Vermilion Rivers in the area where a dam is being removed at Danville’s Ellsworth Park. The project has attracted the interest of some graduate students at Eastern Illinois University’s Biological Sciences Department who traveled to Danville. Reuben Frey is one of them….
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released funding last year to remove the dam at Ellsworth Park plus another that was located in the Vermilion River behind the Public Safety Building. Some fishermen objected to their removal claiming it would be detrimental to fish habitat.
Some people have drowned at both locations over the years.
Some who favored removing the dams said it would allow canoeists to safely travel from north of Kickapoo State Park all the way to the Wabash River.