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From the Department of Natural Resources

[JULY 3, 2004] 

Flood-proofing workshops scheduled

Solutions to sewer backups, leaky basements and flooding from overland flow will be the focus of two free workshops on flood-proofing. A workshop in Gurnee is scheduled for Wednesday, July 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Warren Township Hall, 17801 W. Washington. Another workshop is scheduled in Des Plaines on Thursday, July 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road.

The workshops will include an hourly overview of flood-proofing techniques. County, state and federal agencies officials will be on hand to assist with post-flood building permits, property locations on floodplain maps, information on the National Flood Insurance Program and recommendations on post-flood cleanup and safety. Publications will also be available, including the "Guide to Flood Protection in Northeastern Illinois."

The workshops are sponsored by the Office of Water Resources of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V, and the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management. The Gurnee workshop is also sponsored by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, and the Des Plaines workshop has additional sponsorship from the cities of Des Plaines and Mount Prospect.

The public is invited to drop in at either session anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. For more information, call the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission at (847) 918-5260 or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at (847) 608-3100, ext. 2022.

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It's time for Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum

"Fun Times at the Five and Dime" is the next "Super Saturday" program in A Place for Discovery at the Illinois State Museum. The event will be Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore the days of yore and learn about toys of the past. Discover how toys have changed and what makes them so popular. Make an old-fashioned toy to take home.

Super Saturdays have ongoing activities throughout the day. Most activities can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes, although participants are welcome to stay for as long as they wish. Parents are invited to participate with their children. All Super Saturdays are free and open to the public.


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A Place for Discovery is a hands-on gallery for children on the second floor of the Illinois State Museum. It is a great place for children to touch objects similar to those on display in the museum.

The museum is located at the corner of Spring and Edwards streets in Springfield and is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby, and the building is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For more information call (217) 782-6044 or TTY (217) 782-9175.

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New exhibit opening at Spurlock Museum in Champaign

The Illinois Natural History Survey, in conjunction with the University of Illinois' Spurlock Museum in Champaign, plans to open a new exhibit entitled "Illinois: An Epic Landscape." The exhibit highlights the stunning array of biological diversity found in Illinois and targets the unique Cache River basin, which supports some of the largest and oldest trees east of the Mississippi River. The area is a primeval landscape of cypress and tupelo swamps and lowland forests. It is the domain of unique plants and animals more commonly encountered in the bayous of Louisiana.

For more information, contact Michael R. Jeffords at (217) 333-5986.

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Fishing tournament winners

The Illinois Conservation Foundation's annual Sam Romano Lake Michigan Fishing Tournament was won by a team of anglers including Robert Russell, Mark Gekas and Tim Ozenkoski, all of Springfield, and Ekkehard Kubler of Winnetka. The winning quartet, fishing from aboard Capt. Dale Florek's charter boat Noble, hauled in fish weighing 33.4 pounds to claim the event title. The day's biggest individual catch was a 16-pound coho salmon, hooked by Jeff Ketelsen of Palatine, fishing from Capt. Mike Bieber's charter boat Stoked. The tournament was conducted out of the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club at North Point Marina in Lake County.

Proceeds benefit the Illinois Conservation Foundation's youth fishing, hunting and other programs on behalf of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. For more information, contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; phone (217) 785-2003;

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources
news release]

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