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Posted 5/4/2017

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The Peoria Lakes are Greater Peoria's most precious natural resource. The Lakes, which refer to the widened portion of the Illinois River near Peoria, have supported life in the Illinois River Valley for 12,000 years. The natural beauty of the river and its bluffs continue to attract people to Greater Peoria, just as it has for centuries. Various projects and studies have been proposed in the past for how to help preserve Peoria Lakes. Yet, there is no regional consensus on what projects and studies should be pursued moving forward to help sustain this valuable natural resource.

The Peoria Lakes Basin Alliance (PLBA) was established in 2001 to coordinate efforts to restore and preserve the Peoria Lakes. Today the Alliance consists of Heartland Water Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy, and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. On behalf of the Alliance, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is the Non-Federal Sponsor and has requested assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a Peoria Lakes Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The other PLBA members will be providing services to the TCRPC to support this effort through sub-agreements. Work that is provided by other PLBA members to TCRPC in accordance with this scope has been coordinated with Rock Island District Resource Management and Internal Review and is eligible for Work In Kind Credit. The purpose of this planning process is to reach a regional consensus on what conservation alternatives should be pursued in the future to conserve Peoria Lakes. The planning process can also marshal regional support for taking action to conserve Peoria Lakes. At the end of this planning process, the Greater Peoria area will be well positioned to move forward to conserve the Peoria Lake.

In April 2017, the District and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission executed an agreement and a kick-off meeting was held. The has developed their goals and objectives. The team has also held a public meeting to gain input from the community and started to develop a list of potential measures.

SI - Special Interest

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost   N/A
Estimated Non-Federal Cost  N/A
Estimated Total Project Cost   N/A
Allocations Prior to Current FY 2017 Cost   $0
Current FY 2017 Allocation (received to date)   $25,000
Current FY 2017 Total Capability  $25,000

Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2017: The agreement was executed and the planning process was started.