Plan for Wetland Creation in Stephenson County

Eric Plankell provided IDOT District 2 with a revised conceptual plan for wetland creation at the former Weber Property in Stephenson County. The plan proposes creation of up to 5.0 acres of forested wetland in the floodplain of the Pecatonica River, near Freeport. The wetland will be created through shallow excavation and manipulation of a culvert that allows flood waters from the Pecatonica River to reach the site through a levee. Following construction, approximately 2.4 acres of the newly created wetland will be planted with trees, and the remainder of the site will be allowed to regenerate naturally. A plan view and two cross-sections were provided to IDOT, and subsequently approved by IDOT engineers. Construction of the new wetland is underway.