Pressel: State dedicates $2.3M for river basin improvements

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, October 25, 2019 11:58 am

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 25, 2019) – The newly created Kankakee River Basin and Yellow River Basin Commission recently received $2.3 million in state funding for maintenance and improvements, according to State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).  

The funding will be used to maintain river gages, which measure water depth, remove fallen trees along the rivers, address sand erosion in the basins and make other necessary improvements.

“The drainage problems in the Kankakee and Yellow river basins has been a major headache, costing landowners significant time and money over the last several years,” Pressel said. “The $2.3 million from the state will help to alleviate some of those issues as the commission begins to work toward making improvements.”

Pressel co-authored the law during the 2019 legislative session establishing the new commission. Previously 24 members, the now streamlined nine-member board has representatives from each of the eight counties in the basin and one representative from the Department of Natural Resources.

The funding comes from an appropriation made in the state’s biennial budget. Visit KankakeeAndYellowRivers.org for more information and to follow the commission’s progress. 

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State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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