By / 28th February, 2016 / Mariner's News / Off

The Kaskaskia Watershed Association’s  16th Annual Summit is scheduled for Monday March 7th, 2016 at the Mariner’s Village Conference Center. This event will run from 9:00am – 2:00pm. This year’s theme: Planning for Implementation of Critical Projects.

Over the past 16 years the Summit has brought together a diverse group of speakers that have helped with the understanding of our resources and the diversity of laws that we work with. This year we have achieved our goal to get a Comprehensive Plan started for the Watershed. We have been working it for over 10 years. This plan will identify Critical Projects for Implementation. We are poised to access the authorization in Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for up to $20,000,000 for critical projects.

In addition to the Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the entire watershed we are fortunate to have each of the projects – Lake Shelbyville, Carlyle Lake and the Kaskaskia River Project update their Master Plans. You will hear about the progress and be able to provide input into those plans.

The Flood of 2015-16 will also be featured along with the benefits of the projects that reduced downstream impacts. This presentation is quite compelling.

Elected officials in the watershed or their representatives will be available for comments and to converse with you on issues that are near and dear to your concerns.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 2, 2016. To register for the event, contact Ms. Roberta LaSalvia at HeartLands Conservancy by calling (618) 566-4451 ext. 12 or by email at roberta.lasalvia@heartlandsconservancy.org There is a $15.00 registration fee to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments that can be paid at the door.

For more information please contact the Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia River Project Office at (618)594-2484 or email carlylelake@usace.army.mil.