Watershed based management of the Kankakee River

Nani G. Bhowmik, Mike Demissie, Jim Mick, Bill White

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Rivers and streams reflect the impacts and effects of human activities and natural perturbations that take place on the watershed. The response time for the river to react for the changes taking place within its watershed boundaries can vary anywhere from days to decades or longer. Removal of bank vegetation will accelerate the bank erosion, an immediate impact on the river. However, impacts of land use changes on the watershed may or may not be noticeable within the river for many years, if any. This paper will concentrate on a case study of the Kankakee River having a drainage area of 13,377 square km and covering parts of two Midwestern states. The drainage area of the river is split in half between the states of Illinois and Indiana. The river essentially flows on a flat terrain with very little topographical features. Most of the basin is used for agriculture. Some of the geologic, hydrologic, and hydraulic features of the basin that are playing a major role in the formulation and implementation of management decisions will form the basis of this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000 - Fort Collins, CO, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2000Jun 24 2000

Publication series

NameWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000


OtherWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Collins, CO


  • Agricultural watersheds
  • Hydrology
  • River basins
  • Watershed management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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