Initial talks have commenced between the US state of Illinois and Yorkville officials to agree on a process to decide on the fate of the Glen Palmer dam. The first phase of the study will determine a set of alternatives for the dam, including redesign and/or removal, much like the study of the north Batavia dam that started in 2000.

Among other options might be removing half the dam, replacing the dam with a multi-step structure, and cutting out segments of the dam.

The Yorkville City Council in 1998 asked the Department of Natural Resources to find ways to make the dam safe, and State officials have considered removing the dam for safety and environmental reasons.