Restoration projects could include aspects such as wetland restoration, prairie restoration, soil loss prevention (vegetative cover projects), plantings for wildlife habitat, filter strips, water retention or infiltration projects.  Goals of such projects could include the following:

    • Maintaining ground water inputs and natural hydrology 
    • Reducing impacts of urbanization through stormwater management 
    • Maintaining/expanding stream-side buffers
    • Controlling nutrient inputs from point and non-point sources 


If you have a project or organizations you work with are completing one in the watershed, we would like to post information about it here.  Please contact us.  Some of the information we would like to include would be a brief project description, project location, contact information and pictures. If you received grant funding for the projects we'd like to include a short summary of the grants and amounts.  Others will benefit from knowing how you were able to accomplish your project.

  • Baker Forest Preserve

    The Forest Preserve District has cleared brush and small trees in the oak-maple woodlands of the Forest Preserve.  They have also conducted controlled burns in order to remove invasive species, restore native plant species, and improve wildlife habitat.  A small prairie restoration has been completed as well.  The FPD anticipates converting some of the areas recently acquired that expand this Forest Preserve from their current farmland state to prairies, around Winter 2009-10.  Natural areas restoration and management will increase water infiltration, decrease run-off, and provide buffering for the Aux Sable Creek.  

If you are an agricultural landowner, there are program opportunities through USDA and SWCD to implement such practices.  CREP is one example.  Briefly, this program provides financial incentives, cost-share incentives and technical assistance to landowners who take environmentally sensitive land out of agricultural production.  Landowners decide if participation in this voluntary federal-state and local conservation program would be beneficial based upon environmental, production and financial factors.  For more information contact your local USDA and SWCD office.  Click here for contact information on Kendall or Grundy offices.

More Information

We are continually learning about how our ecological systems function and what types of stewardship activities are needed to maintain and keep our natural areas. Follow the links below to find information on some of the most up-to-date information available.

Contact Information

The Conservation Foundation

(630) 428-4500

Kendall County SWCD

(630) 553-5821 x3

Joan Soltwish,

Aux Sable Creek Watershed Coalition

(815) 467-2059