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Good Things Are Happening On Park District Lands
RESTORATION / GRANTS UPDATE
2015 brings the total to over $264,000 in grants awarded since 2001 to the Long Grove Park District to restore portions of its 400+ acres of natural areas. The Park District has contributed or will contribute more than $107,000 in matching cash or labor on those projects. The grant funds come from federal, state, county, and local sources. The work has been done or is in progress at Reed-Turner Woodland, Buffalo Creek Park and Longview Meadow. These grants and other projects are providing improvements for more than 100 acres of the 400 acres that the Park District owns.
We are very thankful for having received the following grants that supported important improvements:
Our 2015/16 grant deals with rain. When it rains where does the water go? Much of it runs off your yard and driveway into ditches and culverts and then into a stream such as Indian Creek. This and the other streams in the Long Grove area empty into the Des Plaines River and, after a long journey, reach the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes this journey faces obstacles such as the 21 logjams currently impeding the flow of Indian Creek across the Long Grove Park District’s 57 acre Long View Meadow wildlife habitat area at the corner of Rts. 22 and 83. Long View Meadow is a significant migrating bird site. Over 160 species of birds have been spotted there in the last year.
These logjams are the cause of multiple problems both for the wildlife and Long Grove residents. Logjams create barriers to flow that result in backup of water upstream, poor drainage, and increased risk of flooding. Water flow around the edges of logjams causes stream bank erosion. The eroded soil is carried downstream into (in this case) Long View Lake, where it falls to the bottom and will eventually fill in the lake, converting it to a shallower marshland that will expand and submerge the surrounding area. The added silt in the water is harmful to fish and aquatic invertebrate populations that in turn are the food supply for birds and mammals.
Dealing with logjams is difficult, heavy, and expensive work which is beyond the resources of the non-taxing Long Grove Park District. In order to begin dismantling these logjams and managing the process to avoid adding silt to the water stream, the Park District developed a project proposal, funding for which was provided in part by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission through a Watershed Management Board Grant. The Village of Long Grove helped with part of the financial match and the Vernon Township Highway Department added in-kind services to the Park District’s support.
The volunteer effort of our Steward for Long View Meadow, Victoria (Tori) Trauscht was essential. She,with support from other Park District Volunteers, developed the grant application (which received the highest ranking this year for the Des Plaines River watershed). Trauscht will be the Project Manager. Without Tori’s expertise and willingness to take on these projects on a volunteer basis, the Park District would not be able to successfully compete for the limited funds available for these projects or successfully complete the needed remediation work.
The work of dismantling these logjams will begin in the winter and should be finished by the end of the year. It will involve volunteers, contractors, the Park District’s summer interns, and contributed services from Vernon Township. The result will be better water flow, a cleaner stream, and happier inhabitants (scaled, furred, feathered, and human) in and around the Indian Creek stream corridor.
In 2001, a $25,000.00 Grant from the DCEO (Dept. of Conservation and Economic Opportunity) was awarded a grant for installation of a footbridge across the stream at Longview Meadow. The park district paid an additional $13,000 to complete the bridge.
From 2001 to 2004, Long Grove Park District teamed up with US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Conservation Fund under a Northeastern IL Wetlands Conservation Account grant to improve wetland habitat at Longview Meadow (southeast corner Routes 22 & 83). This grant for $43,000 has helped in the control of reed canary grass and other exotic species at the site, it has also helped to improve habitat for waterfowl and other fauna. The Park District provided staff supervision time as match during the project.
Reed-Turner Woodland Illinois Nature Preserve
In 2002 and 2003, $13,000 was awarded from the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission under their WMB (Watershed Mgmt. Board) program for erosion control and stream stabilization along the corridor of the south branch of Indian Creek during Reed-Turner Woodland.