IDNR, Springfield officials to sign "Memorandum of Cooperation"

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials say they will meet with Springfield officials to sign a "Memorandum of Cooperation" on August 22.

Under the agreement, IDNR officials would be given the responsibility to manage recreational access and wildlife and fish habitats for the planned Hunter Lake project.  The proposed like would cover more than 3,000 acres, and would serve as a back-up water supply for Springfield residents.

IDNR officials and biologists will work with landowners to keep the lake's water quality high, as well as manage habitat and hunting programs.  According to Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder, the IDNR will have a "positive impact on Hunter Lake."

Officials say the Memorandum will be signed at the Illinois State Fair Saturday morning.  We will provide more details as they become available.

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