A levee breach at the north end of the Henderson Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA) in Illinois allows flood waters from the Mississippi River to get into the area. But a breach at the south end lets the water right back out into Henderson Creek, which outlets downriver of Lock & Dam 18. Therefore, flood waters can potentially “end around” the river stage control of the Lock & Dam and affect the downstream city of Burlington (Iowa).
This project seeks to understand the hydrodynamics within Henderson Creek SFWA and assess the water balance by holding flood waters and releasing them strategically for habitat management drawdown and flood control.
UGA: Dr. Felix Santiago-Collazo, Stevens Charles
Ducks Unlimited: Mike Sertle, Tom Pleumer, Sara Burns