Braeburn Marsh Drainage Improvements

Current Status May 9, 2016

The weather was too wet this past fall and winter to complete a prescribed burn for the City owned west side, therefore our contractor completed a mow earlier this spring. Staff met out with our consultant today to discuss the progress for this season. Expect to start seeing contractors applying herbicide to cattails in the upcoming weeks and continuously through the summer. Continued monitoring will occur for erosion too.

East side update May 3, 2016

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County owns and maintains this side. Today they had a team of staff on-site clearing brush along the creek from Braeburn Park to the main marsh area behind residents. A continued presence of County workers or their consultants is expected throughout the growing season to keep brush and the cattails at bay while working to keep the waterway clear.

Week of 

November 17, 2015
Prescribed burn for the west side is scheduled for November / December 2015.  The earliest anticipated burn date would be November 23rd, weather pending.  Once the contractor narrows down a date the City will place notification signs on Randall Road near the project vicinity. 

Project Purpose 
The City of Batavia is now in the 5-year maintenance and monitoring period of this project. The project was completed in the fall of 2010 for the west side (City of Batavia owned and maintained) and 2011 for the east side (Forest Preserve District of Kane County owned and manintained). The monitoring is required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make sure the area is fully restored after the improvements.

Project Background
During the past decade, the City of Batavia has seen flooding in the Braeburn & Crestview Subdivisions along the McKee Road tributary. As a result in 2008 City staff along with Kane County Water Resource Department, Kane County Forest Preserve and the City of Geneva worked together with Christopher Burke West/Wills Burke Kelsey to collect data and study the area.

Construction Impacts
For more information, please view the 2013 to 2017 Management Schedule (PDF).

Project Funding 
The City of Batavia pays 100% of annual maintenance and reporting for USCOE on the west side and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County pays 100% for the east side annual maintenance. 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the project please email Andrea Podraza or call

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