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Dam In Lake DePue’s Future?

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2013

Remember not that long ago when there was a drought that almost cancelled the DePue Boat Races? Village officials hope a dam can stop this from becoming an issue again.

The village has applied to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to build a temporary dam connecting Lake DePue with the Illinois River.  If approved the dam would be for two and a half years.  After that the village could decide if a permanent dam is the way to go.

A dam could regulate the water level in Lake DePue meaning they wouldn’t have to scramble like they did last year to have enough water for the boat races.  Village officials hope donations can pay for the dam.

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