The Second Phase of The Renovation
The DuPage Forest Preserve is set to take on the second phase of the Spring Brook Creek restoration project, which will create a new stream.
The work is expected to begin later this month and should alleviate some of the creek’s current problems.
“There is a weir, that’s acting like a dam, that’s actually preventing water from free flowing and it’s backing up silt and sediment behind the dam. And these conditions are not good for wildlife,” said Scott Meister, manager of natural resources at the DuPage Forest Preserve.
Construction crews are planning to remove the dam while also creating twists and turns in the creek, which will allow the stream to run a little slower.
“We incorporate different types of habitat features when we meander the creek as well. This will provide better habitat for fish, mussels, and macro invertebrates like bugs, dragonflies, and damselflies,” said Meister.
Part of the project also includes restoring a trail bridge, allowing for service vehicles to pass over in case of emergency. Cost estimates for the project are around $7.5 million.
The project is expected to take about two years, during which the west branch Dupage River Trail and Youth Campground will be closed.
Naperville News 17’s Christian Canizal and Aysha Ashley Househ reports.