Forest Preserve District of Will County


Forest Preserve District of Will County

Project Cost


Market Sector

Parks, Recreation & Conservation


Contracting & Construction Management, Environmental, Water Resources, Wetlands & Ecology

Hadley Valley Preserve Wetland Mitigation

New Lenox, Illinois

  • As part of the restoration of the 1900-acre Spring Creek Greenway, this project involved the design and construction along a three-mile corridor of Spring Creek and the restoration of 480 acres of wetlands and uplands.
  • The restoration was designed to be compatible with both existing and future ecosystem restoration projects within the larger Spring Creek Greenway.
  • Hydrology was restored to the upland/wetland landscape continuum within the Hadley Valley Preserve by disabling and/or daylighting drain tiles.
  • Two miles of channelized stream were remeandered to mimic its 1939 historical alignment, incorporating riffles, pools and oxbow areas.
    The design and installation of native upland savanna/prairie and wetland communities were based on the restored hydrology and site landscape.
  • The project received a 2008 Conservation & Native Landscaping Award from the USEPA and Chicago Wilderness.
  • Hadley Valley West was monitored 2007 – 2011 and all performance standards were met in 2011. Sign off from the USACE was received on September 5, 2012.
  • Hadley Valley Central was monitored 2009 – 2013 and all performance standard were met in 2013. Sign off was received on April 16, 2015 from the USACE.