|From 1996 to 2007, the IDNR C2000 Grant
program provided more than $609,906.50 of
funding for 16 projects in the Lower Des Plaines
$412,269.17 in matching funds were provided from
local sources, bringing total funding in the
Lower Des Plaines to $1,022,175.67.
Medinah Park District coordinated with
DuPage County Forest Preserve to acquire 23+
acres of wetlands by coordinating partnerships
with Homeowners and environmental groups to
restore and preserve wildlife habitats (plant,
animal, hydrology), buffer zones, and offer
educational opportunities for area school
districts and educational groups.
Des Plaines River Diversion
Channel Project (Phase 2) 2003
instream structure to a section of the Des
Plaines River Diversion Channel. This Phase 2
created a series of rock structures that will
re-establish flow diversity & create habitat.
Bartel Grassland Restoration
This grant was for the purchase and installation
of native grass and forb seed and plugs at the
375-acre Bartel Grassland restoration site in
southern Cook County.
Chicago Portage National
Historic Site Habitat Enhancement Project
This project involved the removal of non-native
species, the reintroduction of native plant
species, monitoring of the restored area and an
exhaustive botanical survey of this site.
Osprey Nesting Platforms 2001
The district erected two artificial osprey nest
platforms to provide nesting habitat for the
Illinois endangered Osprey.
Enhancing the Aquatic
Habitat of the Lower DesPlaines River
Benthic mesh was installed in an old borrow pit
connected to the river in Waterfall Glen Nature
Preserve of DuPage County. Fish populations were
monitored for two years.
Reaching, Educating and
Involving New Stakeholders 2007
LDPEP’s “Watershed Plan” outlines an ambitious
strategy for the restoration and protection of
this biologically significant, and challenged,
watershed. This project prioritized and
implemented Plan objectives, and built LDPREP’s
internal capacity to fulfill its mission by
improving its communications systems and
increasing stakeholder involvement.
Outreach on the Long Run
Creek Watershed 2002
The project was to educate the Long Run Creek
watershed residents by holding workshops and
distributing educational brochures, pamphlets,
and their watershed resource plan.
Hydrologic Studies in Long
Run Seep 2006
The project was to delineate, and characterize
the recharge area for Long Run Seep using
specialized dye techniques. Local hydrology was
studied for purposes of understanding its impact
on habitat for the Hines Emerald Dragonfly, a
Federally endangered species.
Dan McMahon Fen Buffer
Enhancement Project 2007
McMahon Fen hosts a biologically rich natural
community, but the densely shaded uplands are
virtually bare and prone to runoff. This project
was to restore prairie to an 8-acre 150-foot
buffer above the fen. Palos Volunteers who have
managed the fen played an integral role, with
the help of local high school ecology clubs.
Des Plaines River Channel
Funds were used to conduct a hydrologic study,
develop a construction plan, purchase 400 tons
of rock, purchase benthic mesh and implement
Longitudinal Profiling of
Long Run Creek (planning and education/oureach)
The Long Run Creek Planning comittee conducted a
detailed physical and biological survey of the
stream channel and stream corridor. Assessment
of the biology and physical habitat was used to
determine whether the biodiversity of the system
could be sustained or restored and to identify
intervention strategies. Data developed as part
of this survey was presented in public workshops
and as part of an introduction to stream ecology
course for local teachers and students.
Santa Fe Prairie Vegetative
and Hydrological Restoration 2002
The restoration of appropriate hydrologic
conditions was accomplished through installation
of a "duckbill" valve in a drainage ditch.
Forest Preserve District of
Cook County Theodore Stone Revitalization
A combined total of seventeen-acres of globally
endangered wet, mesic and dry dolomite prairie
habitats were cleared of invasive plants &
maintained with regular burns and spot
herbiciding. EcoWatch and District monitoring
protocols were used to assess the recovery of
Two grants to the
Partnership for support in administration and