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On July 10, 2019

Bell Ringer: Changes to Illinois Waterways

Illinois Waterways

This clip visits the Peoria Riverfront Museum to learn about man-made changes to Illinois' (IL) waterways.


This bellringer visits the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Illinois (IL) to focus on changes to the river systems of the state, along with the causes and effects of those changes.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What was the purpose of building the locks and canal systems on and around the Illinois River?
  • What were the effects of the locks and canal systems on the cities of Chicago and Peoria?
  • What were the two main purposes for reversing the flow of the Chicago River and the construction of the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal?
  • The speakers both reference negative environmental consequences that have impacted the Illinois River. What are some of these consequences, and how have recent efforts tried to restore the river to its natural state?

Additional Resources



    • Army Corp Of Engineers
    • Barge
    • Biodiversity
    • Canals
    • Chicago
    • Clean Water Act
    • Dam
    • Elevation
    • Flood Plain
    • Habitat
    • Illinois River
    • Lake Michigan
    • Lock
    • Sanitation
    • Sewage
    • Telegraph
    • Typhoid Outbreak
    • Water Fowl


    Environmental Policy & Land UseScience & TechnologyState HistoryU.S. History


    Middle SchoolHigh School