A number of speakers from a wide range of agencies will be on hand in Grafton today for the dedication of the Calhoun Point Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project. It is 2,157 acres of forested and nonforested wetland habitats at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. The project has been several years in the making, at a cost of about $9.8-million.

The site has been rehabilitated, the habitat has been improved, and managers will be able to manage the site while trying to replicate natural hydrologic cycles that follow historical seasonal fluctuations in water levels, according to Project Manager with the USACE, Brian Markart.

Markart comments

The project is part of a joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.It is a rich landscape that forms a variety of macro and micro habitats, providing homes to a variety of fish and wildlife.