|Body Of Water Affected||Title||Description|
|Middle Fork Restricted Boating Areas||
The following notice was received on on 6/2/08 from:
Sgt. Joe Morelock
Emergency Management Coordinator
Boating Law Administrator
Illinois Department Of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702
Office (217) 782-5828
Cell (217) 871-0118
Fax (217) 558-1227
to: Acting Director Flood
from: Rafael Gutierrez
date: June 1, 2008
subject: Conditions on the Middle Fork River (Vermilion County)
Conservation Police Region 3 Commander Acting Captain Duane Pitchford and the Region 3 Land Manager James Capel reported that debris, overhanging tree limbs, current and rapid flow rates combined with sharp turns in the course of the river from the north boundary of the Middle Fork Fish and Wildlife Area to the south boundary of Kickapoo State Park have created conditions that are significantly hazardous to boaters.
The conditions also make it treacherous for safety personnel who are called to respond to and rescue persons involved in boating mishaps. Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn, Conservation District Director Konsis and Emergency Management Coordinator Ted Fisher concur with the assessment.
The Middle Fork River stage above Oakwood, IL is 4.19 feet with a discharge of 1,500 cubic feet per second at 6:45 a.m.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has authorization to designate
Restricted Boating Areas during hazardous conditions as cited in the following:
Section 2030.80 Hazardous Navigation Conditions - Designated Restricted Boating Areas
In the event that the Department of Natural Resources determines the presence of conditions that make navigation of a body of water significantly dangerous to the public, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources may, in coordination with the federal government, designate Restricted Boating Areas on any affected body of water within the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois. This designation shall be made by public announcement in local media and by posting at local public boat launches and marinas, and the restricted area shall be physically marked by buoys, signs, manned watercraft or yellow police tape. This designation will remain in effect until the Director of the Department of Natural Resources determines that navigation is no longer significantly dangerous to the public, but in no case shall the designation remain in effect longer than 90 days. Recision of the Restricted Boating Area designation shall be publicly announced in local media and posted at local public boat launches and marinas and any markings shall be removed.
(Source: Added at 29 Ill. Reg. 15550, effective September 27, 2005)
I recommend that the Middle Fork River (Vermilion County) from the north boundary of the Middle Fork FWA to the south boundary of Kickapoo State Park be designated as a Restricted Boating Area. If you approve, please sign below and the Conservation Police will coordinate the Restricted Boating Area with Vermilion County Sheriff, EMA and Conservation District Authorities.
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