Little Rock Creek Watershed, Cecily Kunz and Steve Zimmerman

Representatives of Applied Ecological Services, Cecily Cunz (lower left photo) and Steve Zimmerman (lower right) told Sandwich City Council members and other stake holders about plans for the Little Rock Creek Watershed project (top photo).  The City of Sandwich hopes the project will help eliminate flooding in the northeast part of town. (Top image from; bottom photos for by James Wyman)

The City of Sandwich took the first step Wednesday to solve the flooding problems that have plagued the northeast section of town.

Representatives of Applied Ecological Services of E. Dundee presented a summary of the Little Rock Creek Watershed Plan to three Sandwich City Council aldermen and to stakeholders from the DeKalb County Forest Preserve, the Sandwich Park District and from Kendall County.

Sandwich City Engineer and Public Works Director Tom Horak opened the meeting.

The Harvey Creek Park at 1025 Lions Rd. consists of 30 acres of wetlands and prairie grasses.  Harvey Creek Park is part of the Sandwich Park District.

Applied Ecological Services Environmental Planner Cecily Cunz said following the meeting that part of the plan is to improve the detention basins in the Fairwinds subdivision area of Sandwich.

Sandwich has received a $48,000 grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the preliminary watershed project, with the city contributing $32,000 for a total cost of $80,000.

Senior Ecologist and Project Manager Steve Zimmerman expressed a concern about the dam on the Little Rock Creek, which is part of the Kendall Co. Forest Preserve on Burr Oak Rd.

Following the meeting, Sandwich alderman Kevin Kelleher was asked by WSPY's Jim Wyman about the city's role in the Little Rock Creek Watershed project.

The plan is expected to be completed by March of 2021.

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