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Jelkes Creek

Jelkes Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank

105.47 acres restored,

63.75 mitigation credits

USACOE Permit 200300216

Wetland Banker:

Land and Water Resources, Inc. (LAWR)

Ultimate Land Owners:

Village of Sleepy Hollow

Steven Picket – Village Manager
1 Thorobred Lane
Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118
(847) 428-2266
Dundee Township
Sue Harney – Township Administrator
555 Barrington Avenue
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 644-7369

Long Term Land Owner and Manager:

DuPage County Forest Preserve District

Status: Fully Built, Met Final Performance for

AMCE & All Credits Released

LAWR teamed up with the Village of Sleepy Hollow and Dundee Township to develop a 100.4 acre site containing wetland mitigation bank and upland prairie near Sleepy Hollow, Kane County, Illinois. LAWR was responsible for all aspects of the bank from conception, development, financing, permitting construction and operation. The Village of Sleepy Hollow provided 40.5 acres of land and is responsible for long term management of that parcel and Dundee Township provided an adjacent 59.9 acres of land and is responsible for long term management of that parcel. This bank is a private-public partnership in that both the LAWR team and the two public partners are the beneficiary of profits from the sale of credits in the bank.

The site was previously a tiled farm field and gravel pit primarily within the floodplain of Jelkes Creek, a tributary of the Fox River. This creek has been rated as a high quality stream. Due to the topography of the site and the drainage patterns, LAWR broke the drain tiles, removed fence rows and created small berms down the slopes into a series of step pool emergent areas. LAWR also created two legs of what will eventually become a regional trail system on site. One leg crossed Jelkes Creek requiring extensive permitting with Kane County to meet the Kane County Flood protection ordinance. This project required extensive interaction with citizens of Dundee Township who were especially concerned about tree removal within the fence rows.

Management activities at the site included aggressive herbiciding of invasive species, mowing and burning.

The Village and Township will use the site as open space and a natural area. Land and Water Resources is able to create and sell approximately 71.6 acres of wetland mitigation credits to offset wetland impacts within Kane County and the Fox River watershed.

In all, over 160 plant species have been identified at the site. Of these, over 73% are native species. The site possesses sufficient conservatism and richness to be of profound importance from a regional prospective as defined by Swink and Wilhelm (1994).This bank is currently (2007) in operation by LAWR.