Restoration project to prevent flooding
BARTLETT – The West Branch Forest Preserve and DuPage County soon will execute plans to restore the West Branch DuPage River, which has experienced flooding, habitat loss, reduced floodwater protection and invasive species in recent years.
The West Branch Klein Fen, River Restoration and Wetland Mitigation Project will improve a one-mile stretch of the West Branch DuPage River in Bartlett. The project was conceived in 2005 but spent years in the design and permit process before recently receiving the necessary permit from the DuPage County Board. Work on the project will begin this month and is estimated to be completed by May 2014.
The West Branch Forest Preserve and the DuPage County Stormwater Management are working together to restore 350 acres of river preserve by constructing a raised channel bed, installing 21 riffles and pools, constructing about 110 acres of new wetlands, improving the river’s environment for plants and animals and rehydrating the area.
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