Addison Creek Restoration Project

Firm:Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Other Consultants:Testing Service Corporation

Owner: City of Northlake

Description:Addison Creek is representative of many disturbed urban stream corridors, its impairments are/were representative of past poor treatment of our waterways. The Lower Salt Creek Watershed-Based Plan, December 2018, prepared by CMAP states “Addison Creek is, overall, the most modified tributary in the Salt Creek watershed”

The City of Northlake has proven to be a champion of Addison Creek within their municipal limits restoring 1000’s of feet of creek channel outside of this specific project corridor. Northlake is committed to restoring the Addison Creek within its’ municipal limits and is already proposing restoration of additional segments of the channel as funding becomes available. Northlake is also providing long-term stewardship of all the restored reaches of channel.

The City of Northlake is forward thinking wishing to improve water quality and the quality of life of its residents. The Creek had been neglected for many years, but now with a concerted effort, Addison Creek now provides for significant water quality benefits while improving the passive and active recreational needs of its residents.

This project consisted of the restoration of 3,200 LF of Addison Creek between Palmer Avenue and Wolf Road, establishment of approximately 2.5 acres of additional wetland and waters of the United States, in conjunction with the removal of two low flow dams.

The original surface area of the waters of the United States area was 7.83 acres. The restoration project also removed 3 artificial islands located within the area resulting in a net increase of 2.5 acres of waters and a total post project waters of the United States/wetland area of 10.3 acres.

The stream restoration included meandering and restoration of over 8,250’ of highly eroded shoreline, removal of non-native trees and shrubs, and establishment of native dominated plant communities in the stream shoreline and riparian area.

This project created diverse floodplain emergent wetlands and bordering native prairie buffers. Additionally, this project significantly improved water quality through restoration of a highly eroded shoreline, and improved fish movement through the elimination of two low flow dams, while providing a regional flood benefit by lowering the floodplain within the project reach.

The construction project received funding from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District ($1,000,000), the Addison Creek River Conservancy District ($1,000,000) and the City of Northlake (+/- 2,500,000).

City of Northlake

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