Public Meetings re: Study Recommending Removal of Fox River Dams

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have recommended the removal of Fox River dams from Carpentersville to Montgomery, including the South Elgin dam.

The USACE tentatively selected plan involves demolition, removal and disposal of dam structures in the following communities: Carpentersville, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora and Montgomery.

Public Meetings will be held to provide a summary of the study findings and to hear public comments. Meetings will take place 5:30-7:30 PM at the following locations:

  • Monday, September 18 at the Kane County Branch Court, 503 S Randall Road, St. Charles (note updated location - no longer at St. Charles Public Works)
  • Tuesday, September 19 at the Heritage Ballroom at the Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
  • Wednesday, September 20 at Waubonsee Community College, 18 S River Street, Aurora

To view the DRAFT study please visit:

USACE will also accept emailed comments through Monday, November 6, 2023 at:

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Fox River Study Group are partnering with USACE to assess the feasibility of restoring the river to its original free flow and natural habitat for fishes, mussels, and wildlife along this identified stretch of the Fox River. This study is being conducted under Section 519 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000, as amended.