Dam Removal at Park Attracts Researchers

Dam Removal at Park Attracts Researchers

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….

And Frey (shown here) says the students plan to return later….

[Part of the Ellsworth Park dam was yet to be removed when this photo was taken last week.  You can click on the photos to enlarge them.]

[Some geese stopped by the Ellsworth Park dam in this photo taken last summer.  You can click on the photos to enlarge 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.