Red Mill Pond Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration
In summer of 2010, Conservation Land Stewardship, Inc. (CLS) was retained as the prime contractor by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) pilot project. The goal of the project was to recreate the first 450 feet of stream channel that existed, and to stabilize the wetland complex in Red Mill Pond, a 160-acre ecosystem within the headwaters of the Little Calumet River. CLS installed a steel sheet pile weir structure to replace the failing earthen berm, but also filled the existing pond, graded a new stream channel, and restored riverine and wetland habitat using a combination of seed and live plantings. The majority of the project was completed between May and November of 2010.
Features of the project include:
- Temporary dewatering and water diversion
- Installation of sediment and erosion control structures
- Clearing and grubbing of woody vegetation
- Steel sheet pile installation to create permanent weir wall
- Site grading to create stream channel
- Installation of glacial boulders/cobble to create stream riffles and step pools
- Native seed installation
- Live plant installation
- Invasive species management
In 2012, the Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accepted the Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness for Red Mill Pond Great Lakes ecosystem restoration. For more information on the award, please visit this link.