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Men’s Club receives permission to dam lake, saving boat races

Posted by wlpo on July 13, 2012

There will be boat races at Lake DePue this summer.  The DePue Men’s Club received permission from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources today to dam Lake DePue in order to raise the water level to a height suitable for racing.

Eric Bryant with the DePue Men’s Club was under pressure from the racing organization A.P.B.A. to raise the lake water level by about two feet or loose the championship races.

Bryant says Starline Construction of Ladd will build a sandbag dam at the mouth of the lake and water from the Illinois River will be pumped in.  The dam will be removed after the races.

The races are scheduled for July 27 through the 29.  There will also be food and music.

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