Featured projects

West Branch Hydraulic Improvements and Restoration Project – DuPage County Stormwater Management
The West Branch Hydraulic Improvements and Restoration Project involved the construction and improvement of nine cobble riffles and modification of the McDowell Grove Dam throughout a 1.8 mile stretch of the West Branch of the DuPage River. The project involved work on property owned by the County of DuPage and also within the McDowell Grove […]

Warrenville Grove Dam Modification Project – DuPage County Stormwater Management
The Warrenville Grove Dam Modification Project involved the removal of a low head dam on the West Branch of the DuPage River at the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve and modification of the structure into a riffle and pool complex which was completed in 2011. The project also included the restoration of 13 acres of floodplain […]

Sybaquay Girls Scout Camp – Wetland Restoration and Buffer Enhancement
This project includes 53 acres of restoration and enhancement at the Sybaquay Girl Scout Camp outside of Harvard, IL in the Kishwaukee River Watershed. The project consisted of existing wet woodland and sedge meadow communities that had been drained through agricultural field tile and were surrounded by degraded old field upland areas and overrun with […]

Orland Tract Perimeter 506 Ecological Restoration
The goals of this 250 acre restoration project were to increase savannah woodland edge habitat through the thinning/clear cutting of extensive low quality woodland areas, dormant planting of local native seed, herbaceous plug planting, and intensive invasive species control measures.  The end result was to be a mix of savannah, short shrub, dense shrub and […]

Lawndale Creek Restoration – Village of Algonquin
This project involved the restoration of approximately 500 linear feet of streambank and riparian area along Lawndale Creek, a tributary of the Fox River in Algonquin, IL. This highly incised stream was located within a developed and urbanized area on the near west side of Algonquin. The stream had become severely eroded, incised and overgrown […]

Calumet Prairie/ Ivanhoe South
Calumet Prairie is 166 acre dune swale wetland that is home to many high quality, threatened and endangered species.  Ivanhoe south is 35 acres of Dune Oak Savannah and Swale wetland harboring many high quality native species.  This contract included several phases: large scale tree and shrub removal, initial invasive species removal, introduction of prescribed […]

Braidwood Dunes – Weed Control at Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve
Forest Preserve District of Will County Braidwood Dunes is a 250 acre forest preserve in Will County undergoing extensive management and restoration activities.  Previous to the contract Encap worked, large areas of wetlands were cleared of low quality woodlands dominated by cottonwood and silvermaple leaving only the oak woods and oak savannah interspersed through a […]

Sycamore Park District – Old Mill Park, Sycamore, IL
The Sycamore Park District converted a large portion of their park to native prairie area for Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for the local watershed.  The prairie areas allow for improved groundwater recharge, sediment filtration, and pollutant assimilation, while allowing park users the chance to interact with a native prairie plant community.  ENCAP, Inc. was contracted […]

Rochelle Boy Scout Camp Wetland Mitigation Project
The Rochelle Boy Scout Camp Mitigation Wetland is located within Rochelle, DeKalb County, Illinois. Wetland mitigation was required to replace wetland acreage filled by the expansion of the Boy Scout Camp. The primary objective of the monitoring program was to track the success of wetland development over the five year period of regularly scheduled monitoring […]

Naturalized Stormwater Detention Basin – Bolingbrook, IL
This project was planted by ENCAP, Inc. in the spring of 2005. Careful management of non-native species was performed throughout 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 in an effort to increase native plant growth. In fall of 2008, ENCAP, Inc. received sign-off approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District. This site now contains sustainable […]

East Bank West Fork North Branch Chicago River Stabilization
This project involved restoration and stabilization of the east bank of the West Fork North Branch of the Chicago River in downtown Glenview, IL. The scope of work involved the removal of woody invasive species through herbicide treatment and mechanical cutting, grading and reshaping the streambank, installation of two flagstone and cobble rock riffle structures, […]

Downers Grove Wetland Mitigation Bank – DuPage County Department of Environmental Concerns
Work at this 15 acre site consisted of the establishment of a wet meadow wetland mitigation bank. The north eastern cell of the bank area contained a small woodland dominated by garlic mustard and buckthorn. As part of the bank establishment, ENCAP, Inc. cleared the buckthorn, eliminated garlic mustard, and planted specified trees and shrubs. […]

Silver Creek Stream Stabilization – Phase III
The Silver Creek Streambank Stabilization-Phase III project was performed for the Village of Melrose Park. ENCAP, Inc. was contracted to complete this challenging streambank stabilization project. Involving a lower reach of Silver Creek which drains directly into the Des Plaines River in Cook County, this project involved restoring over 1,200 feet of highly eroded stream […]

Hidden Pond HOA – Shoreline Stabilization
Hidden Pond HOA in Schaumburg, Illinois, contracted with ENCAP, Inc. in the winter of 2012 for design-build services to stabilize the shorelines of their steeply eroded stormwater basin. The HOA requested a unique and aesthetically pleasing design, and chose to use Eden outcropping stone for their shorelines. ENCAP, Inc. produced a native landscape plan, which […]

The Woodlands of Hinsdale
Phase I Green Infrastructure Improvements – Persistent stormwater infrastructure failures and flooding in the Woodlands subdivision in Hinsdale, IL, lead to an extensive and creative multi-phased and integrated stormwater infrastructure improvement project in 2012. Without centralized stormwater detention facilities in the area and no available land to construct new facilities, the project relied upon constructing […]

Eugene Field Park
In 2010, ENCAP, Inc. entered into a contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete a total rehabilitation and naturalization of Eugene Field Park in Chicago, IL. Located on the Northwest side of Chicago off of Foster Drive, the project site included a degraded turf grass park area subject to flooding and included […]

Northerly Island – Chicago Park District
In 2012, ENCAP, Inc. was contracted to perform the native planting, restoration planting, and erosion controls for the Northerly Island Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project in Chicago, IL. Located on land that was formerly Meigs Airfield, near the Museum Campus in the heart of Downtown Chicago, this 40-acre project involves a progressive and innovative design, transforming the flat […]