Project Description

The Preserve at Oak Meadows Golf Course, River Restoration

Inter-Fluve was part of a multidisciplinary team charged with the $20M redesign of Oak Meadows Golf Course to reduce flooding while enhancing habitat within the stream, reconnecting the stream to its floodplain, and creating wetlands to improve flood water storage. Inter-Fluve’s primary role in the process was to design the stream restoration and floodplain reconnection on over a mile of Salt Creek. The project included removal of two low head dams, construction of a new river channel, replacement of sheet pile walls and concrete bank structures with bioengineered bank stabilization features, and installation of cobble substrate areas and large wood to improve habitat conditions.

Awarded the 2017 Green Star Environmental Award from Golf Digest and Force of Nature Award from Chicago Wilderness alliance

The project involved installation of over 2,000 pieces of large wood, 25 acres of new wetlands, 43 acres of riparian habitat, and 13 acres of restoration along the Salt Creek corridor to improve water quality and plant and animal diversity.

Charlie Phillips, our Senior Drafter & Field Technician, surveying as part of the stream restoration and floodplain reconnection design.

The project involved over a mile of Salt Creek.

The property was reconfigured to reduce flooding in nearby communities by holding an additional 20 million gallons of stormwater from Salt Creek during flood events, while also minimizing flood damage to the course.

The Preserve at Oak Meadows was awarded the 2017 Green Star Environmental Award from Golf Digest and Force of Nature Award from Chicago Wilderness alliance.