Restoration Projects
Other Projects
Hine's Emerald Dragonfly
Palos Restoration
 
IDRN C2000 Program Grants
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 Ecosystem Partnership.

$412,269.17 in matching funds were provided from local sources, bringing total funding in the Lower Des Plaines to $1,022,175.67.
These projects are listed below. Details about these projects can be searched for at this LINK,
and selecting the Lower Des Plaines Ecosystem Partnership.
 
Medinah Wetlands Acquisition   2006
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
Restored the 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 Planting  2004
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  2002
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   2002
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 Restoration   2002
Funds were used to conduct a hydrologic study, develop a construction plan, purchase 400 tons of rock, purchase benthic mesh and implement construction. 

Longitudinal Profiling of Long Run Creek (planning and education/oureach)  2006
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 Project   2003
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 cleared land.

Two grants to the Partnership for support in administration and planning 2001