Police, fire departments purchase new Rock River channel markers

WHITESIDE COUNTY, Illinois-- Boaters on the Rock River in Whiteside County can float easier and safer thanks to new channel markers.

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Department (WCSD) and Rock Falls Fire Department (RFFD) teamed up to purchase 10 new channel markers to make navigation in the river more clear for boaters. The previous markers floated down river and were lost in floodwaters "several years ago," according to Sheriff John F. Booker.

"Because of some of the cuts in the State of Illinois' budget they have not been replaced," he said.

The bulk price for the channel markers was nearly $2,400  and came out of both department's "general public safety budget," according to Booker. The markers will stretch eastward from Rock Falls to the end of Whiteside County.

The sheriff's office and fire department will be placing the markers in the river within the next few weeks.

The channel markers are red and green and marked with WCSD and RFFD. When traveling upstream, the red markers are on the right side of the channel and the green markers on the left. When traveling downstream, it's the opposite.

In between the markers is the designated navigation channel boaters are not to stray from, Booker said.

WQAD News Director Alan Baker prepares to launch the River Cruiser into the Rock River on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

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