The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Water Resources is processing Ottawa’s application for a permit authorizing the rewatering of the Illinois & Michigan Canal.
The proposed rewatering would be slightly more than a half-mile long between Walnut and Guion streets.
The channel width will vary to minimize the amount of soil hauled in to or off from the site.
The “pool” created would be 3 feet deep and approximately 60 feet wide.
The canal bottom is to be regraded and a liquid polymer emulsion applied to reduce the soil’s permeability.
A well will provide water at a rate of 200 GPM to the canal east of Illinois Railnet railroad.
An outlet structure will be constructed west of Guion St. that will discharge flow to the city storm sewer system.
A separation wall between the water channel and pathway will be constructed under La Salle and Columbus streets.
The area will be primarily used for public recreation.
All interested parties are invited to submit written statements regarding the proposed work to Wes Cattoor at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Water Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271. The deadline is Friday, May 11.