Brewster Creek Headwaters Project - Bartlett

In March 2012, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the Village of Bartlett and DuPage County entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement for implementation of the Brewster Creek Headwaters Project. The main purpose of the project is to reduce the flood potential within an area of Bartlett northeast of the intersection of IL Route 59 and Stearns Road.

The project consists of three main components:

  • Installing a new 15-inch bypass storm sewer through Wayne Grove Forest Preserve. The storm sewer replaces a failing 15-inch drain tile through the property that historically controlled water levels within Wayne Grove Marsh and offsite Oak Grove Pond to the north.
  • Installing a new 60-inch relief storm sewer outlet for Beaver Pond. The existing outlet pipe for the pond is undersized which causes water to back up within the pond and flood adjacent properties. The new 60-inch sewer will be tunneled under Stearns Road from Beaver Pond to a point approximately 800 feet west of IL Route 59.
  • Constructing a new flood storage and water quality basin within Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve. The proposed basin is designed to store and treat the additional storm water from the new 60-inch sewer for Beaver Pond, and slowly discharge into Brewster Creek to the south. 

Construction was completed in late 2013 and restoration management will be ongoing until vegetative performance standards are achieved. On October 30, 2014, the project was awarded the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award (Projects Under $5 Million).

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