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Mekong Journey: Fish Water from Mother Water

February 12, 2013

Sunset on the Mekong. Photo by Jeff Opperman.

Jeff Opperman, a freshwater scientist for The Nature Conservancy, is blogging at the New York Times on his journey to the Mekong River. This post features the food his family experienced along the way–and it’s almost all tied to the “mother water,” as area residents call the river.

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  1. I am a resident of the Thorn Creek 107 sq. mile watershed where salmon from Lake Michigan attempt to spawn. But the Dam at 26th Street, Chicago Heights, is 12 feet high and holds back Sauk Trail Lake which contains about 8 feet of silt. This dam provides flooding protection for the Flashiest Stream in NE Illinois. It contains a 30 inch Drain which if left open would gradually convert this Retention Reservoir to a Detention Reservoir with a meandering stream channel to allow the Salmon to reach the upstream 1000 acre Nature Preserve. The MWRD-GC (considered the world’s largest sanitary district is in charge of Stormwater Management for all of Cook County. Unfortunately, the Cook County Forest Preserve (also the worlds largest forest preserve) has studied taking down this rock dam, but not considered turning over this resource to the Stormwater Authority. When the salmon do arrive each fall, and have been seen spawning at Joe Orr Road, the silt from Sauk Trial Lake, most likely defeats this activity from completing. Link to Video of Salmon at 26th street:
    Charles Dieringer, Chicago Heights and member of the Thorn Creek Restoration Coalition
    and volunteer facilitator for: rmms.illinois. edu (the Resource Management Mapping Service)