Illinois Waterway

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Illinois Waterway,

336 mi (541 km) long, linking Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River, N Ill.; an important part of the waterway connecting the Great Lakes with the Gulf of Mexico. The Illinois Waterway extends from the mouth of the Chicago River, on Lake Michigan, following the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the lower Des Plaines River, and the Illinois River to the Mississippi at Grafton, Ill. The Calumet channels branch southeast from the waterway and link it with the Calumet industrial region along the Ill.-Ind. border. Principal cargoes, carried chiefly by barges, are coal, petroleum, and grain products. Recreational areas have been developed along the waterway.

Illinois Waterway


a canal in the United States, connecting the Great Lakes system with the Mississippi Basin. It rises in Lake Michigan at Chicago, where it is known as the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. It flows along the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers to Grafton, 60 km above St. Louis, where the Illinois discharges into the Mississippi. The Illinois Waterway replaced the Illinois and Michigan Canal, which was closed in 1900. More than 20 million tons of cargo pass along the canal each year, primarily petroleum, petroleum products, coal, and building materials. [10-374 -1]

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A few isolated incidents of Asian carp in this small section of the Illinois Waterway does not mean existing barriers have failed," stated Mark Biel, executive director of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois.
This new study consists of sampling fish at 13 locations in the Upper Illinois Waterway near Chicago.
The bill calls for navigation capacity improvements and a major ecosystem restoration program for the upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway.
46 billion in funding, half of which will come from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, for construction of 1,200-foot locks at Locks 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25 on the upper Mississippi and at LaGrange and Peoria Locks on the Illinois Waterway.
The Merchants' Exchange initially will offer two contracts based on barge freight rates -- one on Illinois Waterway rates, the other on St.
The goby is now beginning to move inland, toward the Mississippi River basin, via the Illinois Waterway System.
The Illinois Waterway System in the Chicago area consists of several interconnecting channels and natural rivers that provide a direct link between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
These projects are designed to improve navigation while ensuring sustainable ecosystems on the upper Mississippi River and Illinois waterways through 2050.

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