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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros 630-407-6706

Friday, August 29, 2014

DuPage County Stormwater Management, Forest Preserve District, Bartlett Host Ribbon Cutting of Flood Control Improvement Project

DuPage County Stormwater Management, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the Village of Bartlett hosted a news conference and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the completion of a more than $5 million flood control improvement project along Brewster Creek in Bartlett.

The Brewster Creek Headwaters Project aims to reduce flooding northeast of the intersection of Illinois Route 59 and Stearns Road. The project was funded through a 2010 DuPage County bond.

“This was one of four bond projects that addressed significant flooding and water quality issues throughout the County,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “Located on the north side of Stearns Road, Beaver Pond had an undersized outlet that was causing significant flooding in the area, and our engineers found a way to relieve some of these issues.”

In order to accomplish this, DuPage County Stormwater Management constructed a flood storage and water quality basin within Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve, located south of Stearns Road, to collect floodwater from the existing Beaver Pond. Crews installed more than 2,100 feet of 60-inch pipe under Stearns Road and nearly 5,000 feet of bypass storm sewer in Wayne Grove Forest Preserve to divert floodwater and alleviate drainage backups.

The Village of Bartlett first recognized the need for this project and alerted the County.

“We have traveled a long road since September 2008, when Bartlett experienced the unprecedented rainfall that resulted in severe flooding,” said Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace. “It feels good to have this day finally arrive. It feels good to have the Brewster Creek Flood Control project officially completed and to be able to tell our nearby residents that they can rest easier when they look out their window and see storm clouds overhead.”

The basin, constructed on forest preserve land, also uses native vegetation to help improve the quality of the floodwater before it is discharged into the adjacent Brewster Creek, said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Commissioner Shannon Burns who highlighted some of the environmentally-friendly features of the project.

“The upstream basin doesn’t merely hold stormwater. It allows that water to slowly filter through plants and soils that remove pollutants before they can reach the water table that feeds into Brewster Creek,” explained Commissioner Burns. “This filtered, cleaner water can then flow downstream through the preserve, where it can support a variety of native state-endangered and threatened plants and animals.”

President Wallace applauded the cooperation between all of the agencies to complete the project.

“Like most good projects, this one was made possible because of the cooperation and hard work of several agencies, all of which deserve a tremendous amount of appreciation from our Village,” said President Wallace. “Bartlett is very fortunate to have had the full support of DuPage County, DuPage Forest Preserve District and Bartlett Park District for this project. We could not be happier or more grateful about this great outcome.”

This is one of many projects in which DuPage County, the Forest Preserve District and local communities have collaborated. Chairman Zay added, “DuPage County depends on local communities and residents to help identify problem areas in order to develop solutions to reduce flooding. When we work together, the Forest Preserve District has always been a great partner as we achieve common goals in these flood mitigation and restoration projects.”

Following the ceremony, DuPage County Stormwater Management staff and contractors led a tour of the project, describing the flood control project and its positive effect on water quality.