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Cedar Lake

InFocus tours Cedar Lake, located south of Carbondale, Illinois, and learns how erosion is impacting this important regional water supply. Over 30 years after Cedar Lake was constructed, sedimentation caused by the development of gullies and ravines and their subsequent erosion has been gradually filling in the popular Southern Illinois destination. Using grant funding, the City of Carbondale, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Bureau of Water, and the Division of Water Pollution Control have implemented the "Cedar Lake Shoreline Stabilization Project," which is helping to stabilize the eroded shoreline. Contractor Hank Sutton and Cedar Lake supervisor Ted Mieling share insight about the impact of erosion on the lake and the importance of protecting the watershed, so that water capacity and quality are preserved for future generations.

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