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Problem Categories

1. Creek Cleanup
2. Field & Streambank Erosion
3. Negative Community Impacts
4. Wildlife Habitat
5. Recreational
6. Monitoring and Inventory
7. Water Quality
8. Maintenance at County and State Level
9. Public Relations & Education




1. Creek Cleanup

Falling trees;

Need to remove log jams;

Garbage Cleanup;

Deadfall trees/not dead;

Illegal Dumping;




2. Field & Streambank Erosion

Streambank Erosion;

Lack of filter strips;

Field Erosion (Lost Creek);

Sediment; Not as many strip-cropping;

Soil Erosion (uplands);

Not enough waterways;




3. Negative Community Impacts

Negative impacts (caused by the communities);

raising the dikes in towns;

Runoff concerns from development;

Point source pollution;

Waste treatment plant;

Lack of detention ponds (Freeport);

Lack of a county storm water policy;

Manufacturing; Not following existing storm water ordinances




4. Wildlife Habitat

Nonexistent fish habitat;

Wildlife habitat decline;

Dam in park blocks fish from going upstream




5. Recreational

Right-of-way (recreational use);

Recreation interest (canoeing);

Canoe access points;

Aesthetics of the river




6. Monitoring and Inventory

Monitoring of the stream corridor;

Need for consistent monitoring;

Lack of inventories on the creek;

Lack of a stream corridor inventory;

Lack of documentation (inventories)




7. Water Quality

Water quality;

Ground samples




8. Maintenance at County and State Level

Lack of zoning enforcement; No one identified as being responsible for the stream;

Ice jams - constrictions - IL-73 and Iron Bridge Park;

Maintenance program (county/state) to keep debris from blocking bridging/culverts;

Jurisdiction of the stream (not established);

Coordination of efforts (to lessen impacts);

Lack of personnel to enforce zoning;




9. Public Relations & Education

Public relations