Wheeler Bill to Promote Fox Waterway Advances

This week, both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) to support the Fox Waterway. Senate Bill 2696 furthers the mission of the Fox Waterway Agency to ensure the safety, cleanliness and usability of the waterway along the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes.

“The Fox River and Chain O’Lakes are beautiful natural resources that drive critical economic activity for our area,” said Wheeler. “Through Senate Bill 2696, the Fox Waterway Agency will be better equipped to ensure the environmental and economic viability of these natural resources and I look forward to the Governor signing the legislation into law.”

Under Senate Bill 2696, which State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) sponsored in the Senate, the Fox Waterway Agency (FWA) will acquire certain public lands from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Through this land conveyance process, the FWA will gain greater self-sufficiency to allow it to better carry out its mission and meet necessary state and local agency revenue requirements to become less reliant on watercraft sticker sales.

This land transfer may also produce cost savings for the state by removing the property upkeep needs from the state and carries on from legislation Wheeler passed last year that allowed the FWA to use dredged materials to support the local economy.

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