NANFA-- Spawning postpones bridge project
Wed, 11 Jul 2001 14:59:23 EDT

There maybe some hope out their after all.

This was scanned from the JOURNAL STAR, in PEORIA, ILL on Monday, July 9, 2001

Spawning postpones bridge project

GURNEE - A $2 million bridge project at Mill Creek has been postponed this
summer to give an endangered fish a quiet place to mate.
Engineers also are planning an elaborate system of dikes, dams and fencing to
ensure that widening the bridge at Mill Creek will not hurt the Iowa Darter,
a minnow-size member of the perch family that lives in the waters near Gurnee.
Helping the fish to spawn will cost an extra $100,000 and a one year delay In
completing the work.
Environmentalists say Lake County's decision to protect the darters' habitat
during the crucial summer mating season is about as rare as the fish.
"They're really going the extra mile, which the species appreciates and in
the long run Illinoisans should appreciate," said Keith Shank, chief of
impact analysis at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Division of
Resource and Review. "We like to maintain the biodiversity of our state, and
the Iowa darter is a big part of that. These little fish are an indication of
the high water quality in the area, which is a good thing."

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