Downers Grove On-Call Ecological Services
Several naturalized areas within the Village of Downers Grove were in need of enhancement and invasive species control. These sites, mostly locations in public areas, required a management plan to improve ecological function as well as aesthetic value.
Our environmental team developed and is currently executing site-specific management plans for various locations within Downers Grove including the 2nd and Cumnor basin, Washington Street rain garden, Grove Street rain gardens, and two wooded Village-owned parcels.
For each site we removed invasive species while promoting native plant growth, enhanced wildlife habitat, and improved water quality and retention, all while focusing on aesthetics to create a lasting improvement for the community to enjoy. Public education was also at the forefront of this project. Our environmental staff regularly educates and interacts with interested persons about maintenance activities being performed and their purpose.
Scope of Work
- Chemical removal of invasive species through herbicide treatment by an Illinois licensed pesticide applicator
- Selective mechanical removal and hand-weeding of non-native annual species to prevent seed proliferation
- Live native plant installation in key high-traffic areas to improve aesthetic value and immediate vegetative coverage
- Overseeding with appropriate species as necessary to increase vegetative coverage
- NPDES permitting and compliance for pesticide point source discharges
- Wooded Village-owned parcels along 55th street were mechanically cleared of undesirable species utilizing chainsaws and wood chippers to improve roadside visibility and water flow through an onsite stream.
Village of Downers Grove
Various sites within Downers Grove, Illinois