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Lake County removing 2 dams on Des Plaines River

August 28, 2013

VERNON HILLS, Ill. (AP) — The last two dams on the Des Plaines River in Lake County soon will be history.

Lake County Forest Preserve District officials say removing the structures will improve river flow, increase the number and species of fish and make the river safer for recreational use.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (http://tinyurl.com/lwswbzq ) the dams in MacArthur Woods near Vernon Hills and Captain Daniel Wright Woods near Lincolnshire were built by farmers more than 70 years ago.

Officials say they’re no longer needed and restrict the movement of fish and other aquatic life, in addition to posing safety hazards to canoeists.

The 2- to 3-foot-high dams have a 25-foot-wide concrete apron that spans the river.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will pay up to $750,000 toward removing the structures.

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