Officials with the MWRD, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Village of Buffalo Grove, Village of Wheeling and Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) broke ground on a project that will alleviate flooding while at the same time improve public recreation spaces at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve.
Along with the important flood control improvements planned, the project will incorporate other aesthetic and environmental enhancements: wetlands will be created and restored; hundreds of new trees and shrubs will be planted; upland prairie will be restored west of Schaeffer Road; two tributaries entering the reservoir will be restored; one tributary will be stabilized. Public access improvements include new pedestrian boardwalks and raised trails, and an expanded parking lot. In addition, the Buffalo Creek Reservoir will be expanded to store an additional 58.6 million gallons and relieve area flooding.
The Buffalo Creek project will include public access improvements, enhance the preserve’s natural features and expand the reservoir’s volume by excavating more than 300,000 cubic yards of material. As a result, Buffalo Creek Reservoir will be able to hold an additional 58.6 million gallons. This will remove 107 structures from flooding impacts. More than 2,000 structures along Buffalo Creek and the main stem of the Des Plaines River will also receive some form of flood reduction benefit. Through a collaborative process with the LCFPD and Buffalo Grove, the project design incorporated LCFPD’s planned improvements while offering increased stormwater protection for Buffalo Grove and surrounding communities.
This project will be completed in 2020.