Rend Lake


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Needle in a haystack? Police searching for a serial killer's car


Date: 8/24/2016 11:31:00 PM

6 Auditions for RLC's 'The Legend of Robin Hood' set for Sept. 6 Thespians and community members are invited to audition for Rend Lake College's fall play, "Then Legend of Robin Hood" on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Thespians and community members are invited to

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Source of Woodlawn water issues discovered


Date: 8/24/2016 7:26:00 PM

Experts now believe they've found the source of the community's water problem. A delicate chemical balance keeps drinking water safe, and since so many people rely on Rend Lake for their water, Jon Lam with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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Woodlawn deals with water troubles

Mt. Vernon Register-News

Date: 8/24/2016 2:14:00 PM

Vernon and Rend Lake Conservancy District to address the issue. The problem may be linked to a spike in ammonia levels in Rend Lake due to hot weather, said Aaron Wheeler, operator of Woodlawn Water. In the short term, the department hopes to begin

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Franklin County authorities make several drug-related arrests

The Southern

Date: 8/24/2016 1:26:00 PM

At 12:30 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to a domestic dispute report at a campsite in the South Marcum campground at Rend Lake. Their investigation led to the arrest of Robert D. Thompson, 67, of Dongola, for being present in a public park as a convicted

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Rutter: Illinois community colleges master mediocrity

Chicago Tribune

Date: 8/24/2016 12:10:00 PM

As a composite, the state's 48 community colleges have a small handful of stellar performers — Rend Lake College in downstate Ina is a many-splendored star — and many more that are marginal disasters. CLC can at least take solace that it's not close to

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• Surface Area: 18,900 Acres
• Average Depth: 10 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 35 feet
Rend Lake is a 13 miles-long, 3 miles-wide southern Illinois reservoir in Franklin and Jefferson Counties near Benton, Illinois. The lake contains 18,900 acres of water, stores 185,000 acre feet of water, and supplies over 15 million gallons of water per day to 300,000 persons in over 60 communities. The reservoir is up to 35 feet deep, but its average depth is closer to 9.7 feet. Its elevation is 405 feet above sea level.
Rend Lake is a reservoir, created when the United States Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Big Muddy River. The dam and lake were authorized in 1962, but the lake was not completely filled until March 1973.
The lakeshore of Rend Lake extends covers 162 miles, part of which is preserved as Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area. Swimming beaches at North Marcum and South Sandusky are managed and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. An adjacent Illinois Artisans Shop & Visitors Center is part of the Illinois State Museum system and is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
In 2010, Rend Lake was designated as an Important Bird Area of Illinois.
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