Eagle Brook Wetland Management
Since 2010, Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick, Inc. (HLR) has developed and has been implementing a management and maintenance plan for the 70-acre Eagle Brook wetland complex.
The plan included a strategic allocation of resources to provide the maximum benefit for the most stakeholders in the shortest amount of time. Invasive plant removal in the two inlet channels was a priority to promote drainage through the wetland. After invasive removal was conducted, live native plantings were installed to prevent a resurgence of invasives. The ecosystem is surrounded by a golf course and residential homes so aesthetic appeal is also a large factor in the management plan.
The following management activities are being utilized:
- Chemical removal of invasive species via herbiciding by an Illinois licensed pesticide applicator
- Live native plant installation
- Annual prescribed burn or mow, with applicable Illinois Environmental Protection Agency permitting
- Mechanical removal of invasives, including woody species via machine and hand pulling
- Overseeding with a native seed mix customized to the site-specific needs, including a concentration on flowering natives
- Clearing of dams to restore water flow and prevent upstream flooding
- NPDES permitting and compliance for pesticide point source discharges
Public education is provided in one-on-one discussions with stakeholders, as well as periodic informational articles describing maintenance activities in Eagle Brook Life, a publication mailed out monthly to all residents. HLR writes seasonal articles about the maintenance progress and future proposed work which has been a great tool to inform and educate the stakeholders.
To learn more about the environmental services offered by HLR, click here.
City of Geneva
Eagle Brook Subdivision
Karen Kase, PWS