PROJECT FEATURES

Recognizing an opportunity to improve water quality, the Village received an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) 319 Water Quality Grant to restore two degraded drainage swales that discharged directly to the Middle Fork North Branch of the Chicago River (NBCR). Both drainage swales were severely eroded, choked with invasive plants, and blocked with sediment and debris.

The primary goals of this project were to improve water quality in the drainage swales, stabilize the side slopes, remove the invasive vegetation that was choking the banks, and facilitate the conveyance of stormwater through the bioswales. A secondary objective of the project was to educate property owners about their impact on water quality and to encourage businesses to adopt green infrastructure alternatives by retrofitting traditional stormwater detention areas.