Wood Dale Receives Grant to Assist with Stormwater, Creek Improvements
The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee has selected Wood Dale as a recipient of its Water Quality Improvement Program grant that will award the City $89,367 to be used for the stabilization and restoration of Squaw Creek and will result in reduced flooding of adjacent homes and businesses.
Squaw Creek provides drainage for more than 320 acres of residential and commercial areas in Wood Dale, and is fed primarily by runoff from the City’s storm system. In recent years, waterline erosion and invasive plant growth has caused the Creek to become less effective, in addition to originally being constructed without consideration for stormwater detention.
“Most importantly, this project will provide a safer headwall system, and re-establish the stream bank to diminish the amount of erosion within Squaw Creek,” said Public Works Director Matthew York.
The approximately $681,000 restoration and improvement project will reduce flooding in the project vicinity, remove sediment from the channel, stabilize streambanks, reconstruct the headwall, reduce erosion and also improve the water quality within the creek. The project is estimated to begin this summer upon the Army Corp of Engineer’s permit approval and contractor determination.