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Batchtown Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project                                                      

St. Louis District

Pool 25, Upper Mississippi River, Miles 241 - 249, Calhoun County, Illinois, Congressional District:  Illinois - 13

Partners

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources 

Description

The US Fish and Wildlife Service manages 1,407 acres as part of Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages 1,920 acres in the Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Area.  The Batchtown area was once a prime habitat site for large numbers of migrating waterfowl.  Recently, the site’s habitat has been degraded due to siltation and inadequate water level control.  By restricting sediment deposition and providing a means by which interior water levels could be varied for wildlife food production, the negative habitat impacts can be reversed to approach former conditions.

Quick Facts

  • Approximate Acres: 3278
  • Congressional District:  Illinois - 13
  • State(s) Covered: IL
  • Land Ownership: USFWS
  • Management Agency: ILDNR
  • Management Authority: Cooperative Agreement

Features

  • Floating pump station
  • Lowland sediment trap
  • Chevrons
  • Water control structures
  • Riverside berm improvements
  • Interior berm improvements
  • Dredging
  • Reforestation

Milestones

  • The Definite Project Report was approved in July 1996.
  • Project was completed in 2016.    
  • 3 years of mussel monitoring completed.