Thorn Creek Conservancy Industrial Park
Chicago Heights, IL
Project Period: 2006 – On-going
- Re-meandering of 1,500-ft section of Thorn Creek Tributary A
- Restoration of 12.5 acres of marsh habitat and 17.5 acres of upload prairie buffer
- Stabilization of 1,360-ft section of relocated Jackson Creek (Class B stream)
- Received USEPA Conservation and Native Landscaping Award in 2009
An award winning project, Thorn Creek Conservancy Industrial Park is a stellar example of LRMG's trademark approach to sustainable design. Our green approach to development transformed the 100-acre fallow farm land into a green industrial park benefiting both wildlife and economic growth. Application of a comprehensive land resource evaluation and some innovative engineering resulted in 70 acres of buildable land surrounded by a dedicated 30-acre natural area.
LRMG prepared a wetland mitigation plan for submission to the Corps which entailed re-meandering of an approximately 1,500 foot section of Tributary A of Thorn Creek to alleviate pervasive erosion and sloughing of a severe "right-angle" bank of the existing farm ditch channel. The plan design included restoration of 12.5 acres of marsh habitat "on-line" with the re-meandered channel and another 17.5 acres of upland prairie buffer. LRMG obtained permitting from the Corps, and sign-offs form the USFWS and IDNR for the restoration work.
Director of Economic Development, City of Chicago Heights
LRMG was also contracted by the owner to provide "turn-key" construction of the re-meandered creek, thus managed all aspects of work including excavation oversight, required temporary erosion control and bio-engineering for permanent stream stabilization, and restoration management associated with installation and 5 year maintenance and monitoring of native emergent wetlands and tallgrass prairie buffers. The project is currently in its final year of required maintenance and monitoring.
Acting Regional Administrator, USEPA Region 5
An artist rendition of the restored Thorn Creek Tributary and the industrial development.