Surface Water Hydrology and Hydraulics - Watersheds, Illinois State Water Survey

Surface Water Hydrology and Hydraulics

Bureau, Cook, Stark, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, McDonough, Peoria, Schuyler, Tazwell, Waren, Will, and Woodford counties

Illinois River Watershed & Pool Assessments and Computerized Inventory and Database System

Principal Investigators: William P. White

Project Staff: Denise Devotta, Joy Miller, John Beardsley, Jon Rodsater, Long Duong

Sponsor: Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Project Period: October 2003 - June 2009

This project is designed to perform assessments in the Illinois River Basin including the tributary watersheds to identify project locations for restoration related construction to meet overall goals and objectives of the Illinois River Basin and Tributaries Ecosystem Restoration Project. The intent is to bring focus and coordinated integration to the assessment efforts. The watershed assessment efforts include collection and analysis of data to specifically be used to locate, scientifically describe, prioritize, and provide guidance in design and implementation of on-the-ground, multi-objective, natural resource restoration or naturalization projects that control erosion and sediment transport and restore or enhance habitat and overall ecosystem health of the basin.

Findings to Date:

Stream and near-channel aerial reconnaissance, using GPS for location information, was acquired on 668.65 miles (1,069.84 km) of selected streams in 2004. Over 500 potential restoration sites were identified for further consideration. Aerial imagery and field-based geomorphological and biological data collection are being added to the Illinois Rivers Decision Support System which will allow resource managers to make timely and better decisions regarding restoration priorities, designs, adaptive management needs, and overall performance evaluations.

Project Publications:

White, W. P., M. Demissie, and L. L. Keefer, 2005a, Illinois River Basin Assessment Framework: In Proceedings of the Governor's Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System. Illinois Rivers Decision Support System; http://ilrdss.isws.illinois.edu/ October, 2005. Peoria, Illinois.

White, W. P. and L. L. Keefer, 2005b, Rapid Stream Assessments of the Illinois River Watershed: In Proceedings of the World Water & Environmental Resources Congress 2005: Impacts of Global Climate Change. Conference of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, May 15-19, 2005. Anchorage, Alaska, USA (Accessible only with on-line subscription)

Stumpf A. J., A. C. Phillips, G. E. Pociask, L. R. Smith, W. P. White, 2006, Mass wasting and its control on channel behavior and valley formation in the Partridge Creek watershed, Illinois River Valley, Illinois, 2nd Shlemon Specialty Conference in Engineering Geology, Durango, Colorado, Quaternary Geology Section, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, IL

White, W.P., A. C. Phillips, and J. Beardsley, 2007, Senachwine Creek Watershed Assessment: A Framework for Project Identification and Restoration of Watersheds in the Illinois River Basin: World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, EWRC-ASCE, Tampa, Florida

White, W. P., A. C. Phillips, J. D. Beardsley, D. Devotta, G. E. Pociask, 2011, “Draft”,  Senachwine Creek Watershed Assessment Report, Illinois State Water Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill

Keefer, L.L., W. P. White, J. D. Beardsley, 2011, “Draft v.3”, Illinois River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Geomorphic Watershed Assessment (IRBGWA) Protocols.  Illinois State Water Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill

White, W. P., A. C. Phillips, J. D. Beardsley, G. Sass, G. Pociask, 2011, “Draft”,  Tenmile Creek Watershed Assessment Report, Illinois State Water Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill

White, W. P., A. C. Phillips, D. Devotta, 2009, Watershed Assessment, Article in Outdoor Illinois Magazine, Illinois State Water Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill

Bill White (ISWS) preparing to conduct aerial reconnaissance of the Illinois River watershed.
Performing geomorphic channel assessments on Partridge Creek.
Bill White (ISWS) inspecting an erosion site on Partridge Creek.
Bill White (ISWS) supervising the collection of geomorphic assessment data on Partridge Creek.
ISWS staff inspecting the stream channel on Partridge Creek.


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