CRYSTAL LAKE – The lock and dam on the Fox River in McHenry no longer has the capacity to meet the demand during peak water levels, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The IDNR will host a public meeting about the William G. Stratton-Thomas A. Bolger Lock and Dam at 6 p.m. April 16 at McHenry County College to present the department’s study and its proposed project to extend the dam’s life.
The lock was constructed in 1960 at the Stratton Dam and does not have enough capacity, IDNR says. The sluice gates, which were constructed in 1939, have reached the end of their usefulness. The state has been investigating improvements to the lock and gates.
Last April, several days of heavy rainfall raised the river’s water levels and spilled the river over its banks south of the lock and dam in McHenry.
The state agency’s office of water resources will unveil the Life Extension Project, explaining the analysis and its recommendation for the aging lock and gate structure.
Representatives at the meeting will present alternatives that were investigated and discuss the advantages and disadvantages for each. They also plan to provide construction cost estimates and explain the department’s selection process.
Public comments and questions will be taken at the meeting.
If you go
What: IDNR presentation on Stratton Lock and Dam project.
When: 6 p.m. April 16.
Where: Conference center of the McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.