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Encyclopedia > Des Plaines River

The Des Plaines River flows southward for 150 miles (241 km) through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois[1] in the U.S. Midwest, eventually meeting the Kankakee River west of Channahon to form the Illinois River, a tributary of the Mississippi River. Des Plaines is French for "of the plains" or "of the prairie." This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Midwest States (United States of America, ND to OH) The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The Kankakee River is a tributary of the Illinois River, approximately 90 mi (144 km) long, in northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois in the United States. ... Channahon is a village located in Will County, Illinois. ... This article is about the river in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Look up tributary in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ...


The river provided a transportation route and portage for native Americans, who revealed to early explorers how to traverse waterways of the Des Plaines watershed to travel from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi Valley. The river's name derives from the period of French exploration and colonization in the New World. For the Gentoo Linux package manager, see Portage (software). ... Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. ... Length 6,270 km Elevation of the source 450 m Average discharge 16,200 m³/s Area watershed 2,980,000 km² Origin Lake Itasca Mouth Gulf of Mexico Basin countries United States (98. ... For the French colonial postage stamps, see French Colonies. ... Frontispiece of Peter Martyr dAnghieras De orbe novo (On the New World). Carte dAmérique, Guillaume Delisle, 1722. ...

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Course and character

Typical section of the upper Des Plaines River in Lake County, Illinois

The slow-moving Des Plaines River rises in southern Wisconsin just west of Kenosha and flows southward primarily through marshland as it crosses into Illinois. The river turns to the west and flows through woodland forest preserve districts in Lake County and Cook County (and through the city of Des Plaines), northwest of Chicago. There are numerous small fixed dams on the river starting in central Lake County and continuing through Cook County. Eventually, the river turns to the southwest and joins with the Sanitary and Ship Canal in Lockport before flowing through the city of Joliet. In the heavily industrialized area around Joliet, dams control the river. Just west of Joliet, the Des Plaines converges with the Kankakee River to form the Illinois River. This article is about the U.S. state. ... Location of Kenosha within Wisconsin Coordinates: , Country State County Kenosha Settled 1836 Government  - Mayor John M. Antaramian Area  - City 24. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Cook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1925. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about structures for water impoundment. ... The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal is the only shipping link between the Great Lakes (specifically Lake Michigan by the Chicago River) with the Mississippi River system, by way of the Illinois and Des Plaines rivers. ... Lockport is a city in Will County, Illinois, United States. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... This article is about structures for water impoundment. ... The Kankakee River is a tributary of the Illinois River, approximately 90 mi (144 km) long, in northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois in the United States. ... This article is about the river in the U.S. state of Illinois. ...


Parts of the Des Plaines River preserved in a mostly natural state are used for conservation and recreation, while substantially altered sections serve as an important industrial waterway and drainage channel. Some conservation ecologists have been concerned about the Amazon rainforest. ... Fun redirects here. ... Drainage is the natural or artificial removal of surface and sub-surface water from a given area. ...


The original course of the riverbed was moved to the west at the town of Lockport during the construction of the Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1905.


According to Chicago Wilderness Magazine, as the Des Plaines River runs 95 miles through four Illinois counties, it "changes from prairie creek to a suburban stream, to a large urbanized river, to a major industrial waterway." [2]


Sections of the river in Lake County and Cook County Forest Preserve districts in Illinois create "a nearly continuous greenway though all of Lake County and the northern section of Cook County." While canoe launching ramps are available, "The lack of ramps for trailered-boats makes this long river a quiet, family-friendly river." [2] This greenway also supports the Des Plaines River Trail, a multi-use trail that roughly follows the course of the Des Plaines River through Lake County and into Cook County.


Des Plaines River Bridge

Des Plaines River Bridge

The Des Plaines River Bridge in Joliet is a cantilever bridge that is six lanes wide—three lanes traveling eastbound and westbound. The bridge is signed as part of Interstate 80. Image File history File linksMetadata Des_Plaines_River_Bridge,_Joliet,_Illinois. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Des_Plaines_River_Bridge,_Joliet,_Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... For the dentistry term, see Bridge (dentistry). ... Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ...


The bridge is located on the south side of Joliet, and connects U.S. Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 52/Illinois Route 53. MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION MILEPOST California US-395 INY 0. ... United States Highway 52 is an unusual United States highway. ... See also U.S. 50 U.S. 51 U.S. 52 Illinois Route 53 is an arterial north-south state highway in northeast Illinois. ...


Flood control projects

A modern flood control study[3] report stated that flooding on the Des Plaines River has caused significant damage and economic impacts. The greatest recorded flood, in September 1986 caused an estimated $35 million in damage to 10,000 dwellings and 263 business and industrial sites. A Phase I flood control Project was authorized under the Water Resources Development Act of 1999. Project features include levee, dam, and reservoir expansion at a total cost of $50.5 million (in 2002). Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


On August 24, 2007, the river flooded by over 9 feet.[4]


References

  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
  2. ^ a b Chicago Wilderness Magazine (online) -- http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issues/summer2000/IWdesplaines.html
  3. ^ Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries Projects and Feasibility Study, Northwest Municipal Conference (http://www.nwmc-cog.org/jahia/Jahia/cache/offonce/pid/137)
  4. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-flood_25aug25,0,1775422.story Chicago Tribute August 25, 2007

See also

  • Des Plaines River Trail

External links

  • 2000 Des Plaines River Watershed Orthophotography (by Illinois State Geological Survey) http://www.isgs.uiuc.edu/nsdihome/webdocs/desplaines/
  • Des Plaines River Wetlands Demonstration Project
  • Upper Des Plaines River Canoe Routes
  • Openlands Project Water Trails

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The Dispatch - Serving the Lexington, NC - News (628 words)
Des Plaines is French for "of the plains" or "of the prairie."
The river turns to the west and flows through woodland forest preserve districts in Lake County and Cook County (and through the city of Des Plaines), northwest of Chicago.
Parts of the Des Plaines River preserved in a mostly natural state are used for conservation and recreation, while substantially altered sections serve as an important industrial waterway and drainage channel.
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