Wednesday, April 23, 2014

(Photos) Soon-to-be removed Dam Number 4 on the Des Plaines River

Yesterday I posted pictures of Touhy Dam on the Des Plaines River, a low-head dam that is scheduled to be removed this year. About a mile downstream in Rosemont, near O'Hare Airport, is Dam Number 4. That one is on the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's hit list too.


While there is seemingly not much to see here, the dam is a hazard to canoeists and kayakers.


A view from the opposite direction.


A bit closer. I nearly fell into the river when I took this picture.

The dams were built to prevent flooding and for sanitation purposes. Now they are just endangerments for kayakers and canoeists that also degrade the health of the river.



Then there are natural dams. I don't know where the beavers dragged these trees to, but it's darn ironic that beavers were at work adjacent to a man-made dam.


Swimming is not recommended in the Des Plaines, but it can be fatal next to a low-head dam. Bathers can be be captured in a hydraulic boil, which is why top-head dams are dubbed "drowning machines."

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(CNN video) State Dept spokeswoman can't name single Hillary achievement

When asked about Hillary Clinton's achievements as secretary of state, current State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki couldn't name one.

Of course Hillary has a black mark on her record from her four years at Foggy Bottom--the Benghazi murders.


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(Video) Weather Underground terrorist held fundraiser for NM Dem guv candidate

Blogger in New Mexico
Like a poisonous dandelion, the seeds of the Weather Underground terrorist organization have spread far and wide

One of those seeds has been firmly planted in New Mexico for decades. Of course he's an academic, just as his former terror cohorts Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Kathy Boudin are.

From KRQE-TV:
From the late 60’s to the mid 70's the Weather Underground planted and detonated bombs across the United States. A radical anti-war group with violent methods. One of its cofounders was Mark Rudd. The self described intellectual author of the group's strategy. Rudd – who's lived in Albuquerque for decades – has expressed regret for the group's actions. Just a week and a half ago, Democratic candidate for governor businessman Alan Webber held a fundraiser at Rudd’s Albuquerque home. A day later, Rudd endorsed Webber in an email. Tonight, Webber both distanced himself from Rudd and defended Rudd in a statement quote, "I just met Mark Rudd. Of course I denounce terrorism and understand Mark Rudd regrets his involvement with the radical anti- government group from the 1960's. For over two decades, Mark has been a proponent of non-violence and a teacher at CNM [Central New Mexico Community College]." Another Weather Underground co-founder, Bill Ayers, was in the political spotlight in 2008 for his ties to then-candidate Barack Obama.
Oh, I almost forgot, here's the video:



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Weather Underground victim Richard J. Elrod dies

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bloody Chicago: 8 shot in 7 hours

A violent Easter weekend has been followed by a bloody Tuesday in Chicago, also known as Chi-raq.

From Fox 32:
One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel decried the rash of shootings over the Easter holiday weekend, another eight people were shot across the city in less than seven hours.

The ages of the victims ranged from 14 to 56. All were males.
Actually Fox 32 is wrong, the shootings--none of which were fatal--occurred only on the South and West Sides, except for one attack on the Northwest Side.

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Violent Easter weekend in Chicago: 9 dead, 35 wounded

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(Photos) Soon-to-be-removed Touhy Dam in Park Ridge

Scattered through the rivers in the Chicago area are low-head dams, they were built for flood-control and industrial uses. But as recreational kayakers and canoeists rediscover these rivers, many are unaware of these dams, which are nicknamed "drowning machines." On Saturday a downstate man died on  the Fox River after when he and another man lost control of their craft at a top-head dam in Geneva. The victim was captured in a hydraulic boil. Imagine being stuck in a blender.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is in the process of removing several dams on the Des Plaines and Chicago Rivers, including Touhy Dam on the Des Plaines in Park Ridge, which I photographed yesterday.


This dam might be too small to drown an able-bodied adult, but the rocks below can certainly damage a canoe or a kayak.


Low-head dams also prevent the travel of fish and they trap silt and sediment, damaging the health of the river.


I have a fondness for these markers, I found this one on the river bank adjacent to the dam. It reads in part, "USGS--Department of Waterways, State of Illinois. Fine for disturbing this mark."

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(Photo) Dam Number 2 Woods and the Des Plaines River in Winter

(Photos) Dam on the North Branch of the Chicago River in Niles

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