Chicago Tribune Feature – North Barrington Eton Park
ENCAP, Inc. was recently featured in an April 5, 2016 publication of the Chicago Tribune, regarding our involvement with a restoration plan for North Barrington’s Eton Park woodlands.
ENCAP’s Maintenance Coordinator/Ecologist, Samantha Melton, was interviewed for the article, and provided input on the current conditions, challenges, and proposed restoration plans that aim to return Eton Park to pre-settlement conditions.
Work is expected to begin late in April or early in May. Melton explained the proposed restoration process, involving the inventory of plant species, the treatment of invasive and non-native species, and the installation and procurement of native flora.
Centennial BioBlitz Final Report – Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
For 24 hours starting on Friday, June 26, 2015, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) hosted a Centennial BioBlitz, during which professional and citizen scientists
surveyed 3,700 acres across four forest preserves to document the plants and animals that live there.
Several ENCAP, Inc. employees participated in the event, serving as professional scientists to help identify the 953 different taxa that were documented during the 24-hour period, including 429 taxa of vascular flora, 140 non-vascular flora, 146 vertebrate wildlife, and 228 invertebrates. Of these species, 60 had not been observed previously in DuPage County Forest Preserves and several federally listed rare and endangered species were also encountered.
Check out the final report from the FPDDC Centennial BioBlitz below to access the complete list of identified species and to learn more about the importance of conserving and restoring the native habitats that these plants and animals depend upon.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Polyacrylamides for Erosion and Sediment Control
How do I get my dirty water clean?
This episode shows you the answer!
The first of a series of episodes on Polyacrylamides (PAM) will cover some of the principle features and facts about the practice. It will serve as a general overview of some of the basic uses for PAM and the history of PAM use. With new standards out for public comment in Illinois, now is the time to become familiar with the principles of PAM use for erosion and sediment control.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Vegetated Soil Lifts
Welcome to the next episode of the ENCAP – Erosion Control Minute. This episode is a follow up to our last streambank stabilzation episode which featured stone toe protection. This episode covers vegetated soil lifts, which are often utilized in conjunction with stone toe protection. Geogrid reinforced soil lifts provide an encapsulated soil layer which is vegetated to give a soft armoring to upper portions of restored streambanks. Get the details on the installation and methods of construction of a vegetated soil lift on this episode of the ENCAP – Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Stone Toe Streambank Stabilization
Ever wonder how stone toe streambank stabilization is constructed on a project, or how that base of stone above a vegetated bank stabilization is put in place? This episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute is for you!
This episode features one method of stone toe streambank stabilization. In this project, a layer of stone toe is being constructed in preparation for stabilized soil lifts along a streambank. The project shows the initial stone toe placement prior to construction of the actual soil lifts which will be featured in a future episode of the Erosion Control Minute.
Be sure to catch this episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Shoreline Stabilization
Is the detention basin in your neighborhood in bad shape? Do you have turf shorelines that are eroded and falling into the pond?
Be sure to watch this episode of the ENCAP – Erosion Control Minute. This episode features a retrofit of a turf grass shorline with native seeding and varied erosion control practices. The featured project takes a unique approach of combined shoreline restoration practices that will withstand the test of time. We will cover some of the reasons for shoreline erosion on turf grass stormwater basins as well as some of the solutions and benefits that are provided by native shoreline vegetation.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Diversions
This episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a temporary runoff control measure. Temporary diversions are very useful practices especially on sites that remain disturbed for long periods of time, sites with steep or long slopes, or in areas where highly sensitive environmental areas occur close to disturbed construction areas. Be sure to catch the details on this episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Stream Crossings
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a critical practice when working around streams and waterways. A well constructed and planned temporary stream crossing can be the difference between a project done on time and in compliance versus one that is inefficient and in violation of NPDES and US Army Corps Permits. This particular example practice needed a little maintenance after a flash flood in western cook county, but a well designed and installed crossing will still have it’s component parts in place following a major flood.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Sediment Traps
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a standard sediment control practice which is applicable on most any construction site. The use of temporary sediment traps to contain runoff and capture sediment is a tried and true sediment control practice. Temporary sediment traps are applicable for small drainage areas and designed to be easily constructed and maintained. This common practice includes a few keys to design and construction which will be described in this episode.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Silt Curtains
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will feature a critical sediment control practice when performing streambank and shoreline work. Silt curtains or turbidity curtains are an often misused and misunderstood practice, but when used effectively can be your last line of defense between your work area and a sesitive water body.
Be sure to catch this episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – USEPA ELG Final Rule
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will break down the final rule on the Effluent Limitiation Guidelines for the NPDES construction general permit by the USEPA. While the state of Illinois is still three years away from the expiration of the statewide NPDES permit, the USEPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines will serve to dramatically change the way we plan, design, and construct erosion and sediment control practices on construction sites. With such important regulatory steps being made, the precedents that are set in this rule will likely be the subject of many developments within the industry in the years to come.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Structural Streambank Stabilization
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute is the second in a two part series on streambank stabilization practices. This final video will focus on some of the practices and strategies utilized in stone and hard armoring practices. The focus of these practices are on energy dissipation and redirection of stream velocities to complement vegetative stabilization practices. This episode will point out some of the key features when designing and installing rock riffles and stone toe protection.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Vegetative Streambank Stabilization
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute is the first in a two part series on streambank stabilization practices. Our first episode will provide a general background of a recently completed streambank and floodplain restoration project in Winnebago County, IL. This episode will detail some of the project conditions prior to starting work and the efforts to estalish native vegetation along the streambank and riparian corridor. The efforts on bank reshaping, proper erosion blanketing, and plug planting methods will be highlighted in this episode as well as some of the general practices used when undertaking this type of restoration effort.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Stabilized Construction Entrance
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will examine the installation of a stabilized construction entrance. We will take a look at proper geotextile fabric underlayment, stone sizing, placement, geometry, and a few advanced practices for those particularly challenging sites.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Silt Fence Installation
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will examine an old stand by in the erosion and sediment control industry – silt fence. While this may be the most basic and standard sediment control practice out there, successful installation requires a few critical components.
Be sure to tune in to this tune-up episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Building Pad Stabilization
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute will examine the more subtle points when stabilizing building pads or disturbed areas with poor soils. While a previous episode of the Erosion Control Minute showed some of the results of temporary seeding operations over time, this episode will address more of the details of the methods necessary to establish vegetation on construction sites.
Be sure to tune in to this important episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Erosion Blanket Selection
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will take a close look at different types of erosion control blanketing. Erosion Control Blankets come in just about every shape and size and there are many varieties of blanket available in the SESC industry. This episode will cover some of the basic items that you need to know when examining some of the basic characteristics of different types of erosion control blanket.
This video will examine a solution that required three different blanket options in order to adequately control erosion during vegetation establishment. Whether you are an inspector making sure that the appropriate blanket was installed per plan, or a designer selecting the appropriate blanket for your next project, don’t miss the next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Straw Mulching
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will examine a common practice for seeding and large area stabilization. Straw Mulch application on disturbed areas is a tried and true erosion control practice that has been a staple in the erosion and sediment control industry since its inception. While not applicable in every situation and not the equivalent of modern erosion control blankets or turf reinforcement matting, straw mulching is a great erosion control practice for temporary stabilization or to provide additional cover for large, flat areas.
While often misunderstood, when applied at the appropriate rate and crimped into the soil, straw mulching can hold up to both high winds and heavy rains. While straw mulching should not be applied in areas prone to flooding or in areas of concentrated flows, this can be one of our most underutilized erosion control practices.
Be sure to see this windy demonstration on the effectiveness of straw mulching on this episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Compost Logs
The next episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will examine an alternate sediment control practice to traditional silt fence. Compost best management practices have been used extensively throughout the Midwest as both erosion and sediment control measures. In this episode of the Erosion Control Minute we will examine the use of compost filter logs for sediment control.
Winter can be a difficult time for erosion and sediment control in the Midwest. Frozen ground conditions coupled with snow melt and rainfall can wreak havoc on erosion and sediment control measures. Additionally, frozen ground conditions make installation of many BMPs impractical or impossible. Compost logs can be a viable alternative and one of the few BMPs that can be applied during this difficult time of year. Get the detail on this episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Ravine Restoration Revisited
The first 2009 episode of the ENCAP Erosion Control Mintue will take a look back at the project featured in the first epidsode of the Erosion Control Minute. As follow-up is one of the most critical elements of evaluating the success of failure of any project, we will visit the site of ENCAP’s ravine restoration efforts in Kendall County.
We will be taking a look at the grade stabilization structures and ravine restoration efforts and evaluating the practices installed after a full growing season. With one of the wettest years on record as the first year of establishment for these practices, there is no doubt that they were put to the test! Was it a success or failure? What can we learn from this project as we design future ravine restoration efforts? Can rip rap become naturalized over time?
Find out the answers to these questions and feel free to take a look back at the previous ravine restoration episode as we revisit our restoration efforts on the next ENCAP Erosion Control Minute
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Effluent Limitation Guidelines
We will be taking a close look at the recent publication of the USEPA’s Proposed Effluent Limitation Guidelines. This proposed rule, which was put on public notice in late November, is intended to set more stringent standards on the quality of stormwater discharged from construction sites.
This important document, proposes to establish numeric turbidity standards for stormwater leaving construction sites of 30 acres or greater, specifically sites that have high clay content soils. This standard would apply for nearly all 30 acre or larger sites within the Illinois area and would have significant impacts on the methods used for erosion and sediment control on construction sites. This proposed rule would require the treatment of stormwater discharge to meet a level of clarity that is near drinking water quality.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Sandbag Inlet Protection
We will be examining the installation of an alternative inlet protection practice. Utilizing sandbag barriers or J-Hooks can capture stormwater runoff on sloped roadways and minimize flooding of downstream inlets.
Gravel bag or sandbag inlet protection devices are popular in other parts of the nation, and this rarely utilized method of inlet protection can help solve difficult situations on active construction sites. Frequently, all stormwater runs to a few isolated low spots in residential streets during home building, leading to flooding and ponding issues on the roads. In heavy events, these ponded areas can flood to the extent that they create gully erosion and severe problems. Learn a method to solve this common problem using an innovative technique on this episode of the ENCAP- Erosion Control Minute.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Ditch Checks
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Slope Drains
We will be on-site in Southeastern Wisconsin as we examine the use of temporary slope drains on a project. Temporary slope drains are extremely effective erosion control practices that utilize temporary surface drains to manage stormwater runoff during construction. This often overlooked practice can make the difference between severe gully erosion and a stable basin slope.
Learn the keys to installing and utilizing this practice to help manage runoff during construction in this video.
ENCAP Erosion Control Minute – Temporary Stabilization
We will be on-site in Kane County as we examine some of the techniques and keys to achieving good temporary site stabilization. We will take a look at some photos of how a temporary seeding activity progresses over time based on weather conditions and the time of planting.
Learn what 70% cover means and why it’s important on your construction sites in this Erosion Control Minute.