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Posted 2/6/2019

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Regional Program Manager

LaGrange Pool, Illinois Waterway River Miles 132.0 through 138.0, Fulton County, Illinois


Project Features:

  • Spillway access road
  • Installing a pump station will increase reliability and flexibility of water level management
  • A water discharge channel from the pump station
  • Water control structures
  • Overflow and natural spillway embankment
  • A reinforced concrete outlet structure
  • Riprap erosion protection
  • Mast tree/native grass planting on Duck Island

The project will provide increase water management flexibility and the capability to optimize the quality of quantity of aquatic, wetland and floodplain habitat within the refuge area.


Increased flood and sedimentation levels resulted in degradation of what has historically acted as excellent mid-migration waterfowl and aquatic habitat.  The lack of reliable and flexible water management capability over half of the project area severely limited its effectiveness in providing feeding and resting habitat for the 2.7 million annual waterfowl use days.  Habitat degradation also negatively affected the other migratory and resident species using the facility. 


The construction contract was awarded in September of 2011 and construction began in 2012. Spring flooding in 2013 delayed construction and caused some damages that required contract modifications. The project was near completion when a record flood occurred in summer of 2015, delaying completion of final construction punch list elements. Pump repairs where completed in July 2017.  Pump #2 performed approximately 60 hours that fall, then was rendered inoperable. Since then the pump has been pulled, rebuilt and reinstalled.

CG - Construction General

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  $13,598,000
Estimated Non-Federal Cost $7,322,000
Estimated Total Project Cost $20,920,000
Allocations Prior to FY 2018 $13,500,000
FY 2018 Allocation $151,000
FY 2018 Total Capability  $151,000


Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2018: Funds are being used to close out the construction contract and finalize the operations and maintenance manual.