Peoria Lakes Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Partake in Peoria Lakes!

The Peoria Lakes, which are the widened sections along the Illinois River near Peoria, are suffering from environmental problems such as altered hydrology and increased sedimentation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Peoria Lakes Basin Alliance (PLBA) are joining forces to create a regional consensus on the most effective environmental improvements through a comprehensive conservation plan.

What is a comprehensive conservation plan?

A comprehensive conservation plan is a document that outlines the environmental issues and management strategies in an area, in this case, the Peoria Lakes. The plan relies on input from the public and many local stakeholder organizations, resulting in an inclusive, collaborative understanding for the future of the Lakes.

Project Timeline

  • April 2017: Project kick-off
  • July 2017: First public open house to gather input
  • February 2018: Public review of the draft plan and second public meeting
  • Spring 2018: Comprehensive conservation plan complete

Where do PLBA & the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers come in?

PLBA, which is made up of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Heartland Water Resources Council, and The Nature Conservancy, is teaming up with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage the planning and communication processes for the final document. Each organization has its own role to play and perspective to give in Peoria Lakes issues. 

Public & Stakeholder Engagement

To meet a regional consensus, public and stakeholder engagement plays a particularly important role in this planning process. Community members are the main users of the Peoria Lakes, whether it involves on-lake activities or simply sightseeing from afar, which makes their input and awareness of the Lakes’ health a critical factor in the success of this plan. To learn more about how you can get involved and to follow project updates, visit our project website partakeinpeorialakes.org.

Public Open House