Carpenters Creek

AES and HR Green teamed to work with the Village of Carpentersville, Illinois, to restore the Village’s Carpenter’s Creek. The design/build project, funded by a Section 319 grant, will benefit the entire watershed by improving water quality through stream channel restoration and incorporation of green infrastructure elements. Strategically located bioswales and rain gardens in Carpenter Park, through which the stream flows, will help filter pollutants from parking lots.

AES conducted all earthwork services for the construction project, working from October 2015 into May 2016.  To stabilize and restore the stream, our ecological restoration experts installed in-stream natural structures such as cross vanes, constructed rock riffles, and root wads to provide habitat and control erosion.

Crews graded and restored natural meanders throughout the channel, reconnecting the floodplain and creating wetland pockets and rain gardens within the parkland greenway. We seeded and planted the riparian zone along the creek, with appropriate erosion control for optimal protection and native seed establishment benefits.

AES also removed invasive species from the site, helping restore high-quality native prairie, wet prairie, and emergent vegetation communities. Field crews will provide three years of maintenance to establish native vegetation and help ensure successful completion and on-going maintenance of the project.

  • Stream Restoration + Stabilization
  • Shoreline + Riparian Restoration
  • Multi-Year Vegetation Maintenance
  • Invasive Species Removal
  • Erosion Control
  • Native Seeding + Planting

Carpenters Creek Stream Restoration
Carpentersville, Illinois
9,200 linear-foot reach
2015-ongoing


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