The Illinois Department of Natural Resources soon is expected to make public a study recommending the removal of 2 eastern Illinois dams where at least seven people have died in recent decades.
Reports out of Danville indicate the IDNR's director, Marc Miller, in coming weeks will provide to Danville city leaders its recommendations for removing the Ellsworth Park and Vermilion River dams.
Removal of the Vermilion River dam has been discussed for years as the site of 3 deaths in the past two decades, the last one in 2003. The newspaper says four drownings have happened at the Ellsworth Park dam since 1970.
Miller says removing the dams will produce a free-flowing river that will improve water quality and allow fish to migrate downstream, improving spawning conditions.