Aurora, IL - Waubonsie Lake Restoration Project

The City of Aurora will soon begin the Waubonsie Lake Restoration Project, located on Fox Valley Park District property near the intersection of Montgomery Road and Kautz Road. 

Dredging is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the final restoration in the park to be completed in the spring of 2017.  

Access to Waubonsie Lake Park will be limited, but the lake and the park will remain open during construction.
 
It is anticipated that the sledding hill will be closed for the winter, as the final seeding and restoration cannot take place until the spring.
 

For more information, see News Release below.

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NEWS RELEASE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Contact:
Jason Bauer | Engineering Coordinator
jbauer@aurora-il.org | 630.256.3200

 

WAUBONSIE LAKE RESTORATION PROJECT TO BEGIN SOON

Photo: Steve Lord
AURORA, IL - The City of Aurora will soon begin the Waubonsie Lake Restoration Project, located on Fox Valley Park District property near the intersection of Montgomery Road and Kautz Road. 
 
The main purpose of this project is to improve water quality and preserve the lake for recreational purposes by removing sediment that has accumulated in the bottom of the lake through a process known as dredging. 
 
Waubonsie Lake was created as a storm water retention system that helps minimize flooding throughout Aurora's Far East side.  Through a partnership agreement, the City of Aurora and Fox Valley Park District work cooperatively to maintain the lake.  Over several decades, as the areas upstream of Waubonsie Lake developed, eroded soil and debris were transported by Waubonsie Creek and settled in the lake.  In 2012, the Fox Valley Park District completed a study, which determined that the silt deposits had reached a high enough level to require City intervention. 
 
In 2013, the City began evaluating restoration options and determined that without significant intervention, the lake would return to a wetland area compromising the recreational benefits of the detention system.  The City began the process of researching options for stabilizing the lake, preparing plans and obtaining all the necessary county, state and federal permits required to complete the dredging operation.  
 
The dredging operation will consist of floating barges that will be placed into the lake to contain the dredging equipment and transport the excavated material.  Material will be excavated from the bottom of the lake with a crane and placed on the other barges where it will dewater. Once the dewatered material is transported to the shore, it will be trucked to and placed on the sled hill at the southwest corner of the park.  
 
It is expected that the dredging will be completed in early 2017, with final restoration in the park to be completed in the spring of 2017.   
 
Access to Waubonsie Lake Park will be limited, but the lake and the park will remain open during construction.  It is anticipated that the sledding hill will be closed for the winter, as the final seeding and restoration cannot take place until the spring.
 
The project was publicly bid in the summer of 2016 and awarded in the amount of $1,845,000 to Lakes and Rivers Contracting, Inc., a contractor with expertise in the field of dredging.
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