Spring Brook Watershed Enhancement

The Forest Preserve District and several partner agencies are starting a large-scale restoration project along 2.3 miles of Spring Brook, a tributary of the West Branch of the DuPage River that runs in part through St. James Farm and Blackwell forest preserves. Restoration will connect the creek to the floodplain, allowing nutrient-rich floodwaters to flow into surrounding forest preserves and newly created wetlands. It will also allow the floodplain to store and filter stormwater. 


Because most of Spring Brook's watershed is upstream of the restoration area, runoff, invasive species and other stressors can impact downstream improvements. Homeowners, schools and other land owners in the watershed are helping efforts by changing how they care for their properties and volunteering as members of a greater clean water initiative.

Residents can learn about simple landscaping and water-conservation techniques through The Conservation Foundation’s Conservation@Home program.

To learn more about the enhancement or to join the Spring Brook #1 Stakeholder Group, contact DuPage County Stormwater Management at stormwatermgmt@dupageco.org or 630-407-6700.

The Spring Brook Watershed Enhancement is a joint initiative between the Forest Preserve District, DuPage County Stormwater Management, The Wetlands Initiative, The Conservation Foundation, the Wheaton Sanitary District, the Illinois Tollway Authority and Wills Burke Kelsey Associates Ltd. 

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