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Originally posted by Komaratzi11
Awesome pics! I have family that lives not too far from Kaskaskia Island, but I haven't been over that way since Thanksgiving. The river was looking mighty lean whenever I crossed over at Chester then. I'll ask my brother what it looks like when he comes over for Christmas.
That river always amazes me. I'll never forget the Flood of '93. It looked like an ocean looking out from Chester back then. Then you see it now and it's hard to believe it ever happened.
"When you have low river stages, juvenile fish don't have as many places to hide. If they were out in the main current, they would be swept away," Gillespie said. Low water for extended periods can affect organisms that thrive in a shallow-water habitat, but it can be beneficial for some, including the interior least turn, one of the region's rarest birds.
These birds nest on sandbar islands, so when the water is low, they have more nesting areas. When the water is high, these birds may be forced to nest inland, where they are more susceptible to predators.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has incorporated environmental monitoring into its efforts to remove rock outcroppings near Thebes, Ill.
Work began Monday as crews used excavation equipment to break up and scoop out rocks restricting river traffic. The project called for crews to use explosives to blast loose the rocks, but this tactic has been delayed for now.