Mud-to-Parks Project Kicks Off in Peoria, Chicago Takes From Downstate

Some of the richest soil on earth is being dredged from Peoria Lake to help establish a new park in Chicago.

Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn, Congressman Ray LaHood and others gathered along the Illinois River Tuesday to help kick-off the Mud-to-Parks project.

Over the next several months, 105,000 tons of sediment will be removed from the bottom of the Illinois River and put onto 70 barges to be shipped up river to Chicago. There, it will be used to help establish a park along the lakefront on the city's South Side.

Elected officials agree the initiative is a win-win for Illinoisans and the environment.

Quinn says he hopes to duplicate the effort across the state to help restore Illinois' waterways, and LaHood calls the plan "a dream come true."