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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The more recent spread of Asian carp species in the Illinois River toward the Great Lakes provides greater evidence that the Illinois Waterway acts as a critical conduit for the passage of invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin and vice versa.
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The Heritage Harbor development is a master-planned resort community that surrounds a marina on the Illinois Waterway in Ottawa.
Family activities including live birds of prey at the Starved Rock Visitor Center, Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.
Family activities including live birds of prey at the visitor center, lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.
The Naperville event is part of Illinois Waterway Cleanup Week, and the local educators planning it have partnered with regional and national organizations.
Family activities include live birds of prey at the Starved Rock Visitor Center, Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.
Residents are encouraged to exercise caution while swimming or participating in recreational activities on Illinois waterways, officials said.
This legislation is important to the commerce that moves on the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, the Illinois River, and other Illinois waterways; to those communities and towns throughout our state that rely on the Army Corps of Engineers to protect them from flooding and other storm damage; and to the natural resources that our rivers, streams, and wetlands represent, said Durbin.

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