Intergovernmental Agreements and Partnerships
Since 2002 the Forest Preserve District has operated as an independent agency dedicated solely to preserving DuPage County’s natural resources and connecting people to nature. Its Board of Commissioners works regularly with a variety of partner agencies, who may have differing missions but who help the District be the most effective, efficient agency it can be for county residents. Below are some of its recent intergovernmental agreements.
District Collaborates to Protect DuPage Watershed
The Board is partnering with other agencies to restore, manage and protect the watersheds of the West Branch DuPage River, East Branch DuPage River and Salt Creek in DuPage and Cook counties. The Board approved partnering in the Cook-DuPage Watershed Initiative with DuPage County, DuPage County Stormwater Management, The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup to share resources and responsibilities to better protect watersheds in a responsible manner.
District Collaborates on Information-Technology Projects and Initiatives
The Board approved an intergovernmental agreement to partner with DuPage County on special information-technology projects, initiatives, software and hardware platforms. The agreement is part of the District’s commitment to explore cost-saving partnerships, identify operating efficiencies and provide greater levels of service to residents and forest preserve patrons.
Agreement with Warrenville Allows District to Provide Water to Blackwell Forest Preserve Campus
The Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Warrenville to provide municipal water for the District’s Blackwell Forest Preserve campus and for the two agencies to work cooperatively to install and maintain three new trails in District forest preserves. The District will install a looped water main extension to carry water to the Blackwell, including a new fleet management building that will be built on Mack Road near McKee Marsh. The looped water main will improve water quality and water pressure for area residents as well as the Blackwell campus. The District and Warrenville officials will also work cooperatively to secure funding and local support, including approvals from various agencies, for a half-mile trail along the south side of Mack Road from Route 59 to the McKee Marsh parking lot; a half-mile “interpretive” trail along the west back of the West Branch DuPage River from the Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve parking lot to the Illinois Prairie Path; and a quarter-mile trail through Blackwell Forest Preserve connecting the Maple Hill and Fox Hollow subdivisions.
Oak Meadows Golf Preserve Project Provides Wetland Mitigation for County
The Board has agreed to earmark property at Oak Meadows Golf Preserve for wetland mitigation for DuPage County as part of the construction project currently under way at the golf preserve. The District will receive $2.6 million from the county to earmark 19 acres of golf preserve property in the Salt Creek watershed toward wetland mitigation.
Fullersburg Woods to Help Homeowners along Salt Creek
The District is working with DuPage County and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to create more than 2.4 million gallons of stormwater storage on 11 acres north of Salt Creek and east of York Road at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve. The area will offset the effects of berms and other features designed to prevent flooding in the adjacent Graue Mill Country Condominiums complex in Hinsdale during heavy rains. Design and construction costs for the work on forest preserve property are being funded by DuPage County and IDNR.
New Sensory Garden Playground Opens on Danada Forest Preserve Property
The new Sensory Garden Playground is a joint project between the Wheaton Park District, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Kiwanis Club of Wheaton, Shane's Inspiration, and Landscape Structures, Inc. The playground is dedicated to providing outdoor play spaces and gardens designed to meet the needs of all visitors, especially those on the autism spectrum. The park is located on Navistar Drive one block east of Naperville Road and one block north of Warrenville Road.
Alt Fuels Shrink Towns’ Carbon Footprints
Warrenville and Glen Ellyn now have access to the District’s compressed natural gas fueling stations at Blackwell and Churchill Woods forest preserves. The agreements allow the towns to start cleaner-burning alternative-fuel programs without the high cost of building their own infrastructures. The fueling stations were funded through a Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition grant to promote the use of alternative fuels in the Chicago area.
Forest Preserve Police Join Consolidated Dispatch Center
The Board approved a three-year agreement with the Addison Consolidated Dispatch Center to provide services for forest preserve police officers. For several years the District managed its own dispatch center, but an overhaul of the Emergency Telephone System Board of DuPage data-support system is requiring that all single-agency county dispatch centers close. The District selected ACDC because it provided a seamless transition and offers excellent service at a significantly lower cost. In addition to dispatching police, ACDC monitors District security cameras and answers nonemergency public calls as the Forest Preserve District. The District’s former dispatch system was $207,000 annually; the ACDC contract will be $117,000 per year.
District Saves $30,000 With Pooled Buying Power
The District has joined the county on a collaborative bid to purchase crushed stone and gravel, sand, riprap and other aggregate materials for trail maintenance and other projects that will save taxpayers about $30,000. District staff met with the county in 2014 to identify materials that both agencies purchase throughout the year. The bid includes contracts with multiple companies, which will allow District management to select the most cost-effective supplier for each project based on distance and the materials needed.
Village of Bartlett
Construction, operation and maintenance of recreational improvements at Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve
- Wetland Mitigation Banking Program at Cricket Creek Forest Preserve in Addison
- Wetland mitigation at Oak Meadows Golf Preserve
- Emergency telephone system services
- North Central DuPage Regional Trail pedestrian bridge over County Farm Road connecting Mallard Lake and Hawk Hollow forest preserves
- Projects and proposals for storage and maintenance of GIS data
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Bartlett Park District
Leasing, management and use of James "Pate" Philip State Park
Illinois Department of Transportation and Transystems Corporation
Trail and trailhead improvements at Dunham Forest Preserve in Wayne
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, DuPage County Stormwater Management, The Wetlands Initiative, WBK Engineering, LLC, The Conservation Foundation and Salt Creek Workgroup
Restoration of Spring Brook at St. James Farm Forest Preserve
City of West Chicago
Construction of stormwater improvements at West Branch Forest Preserve
Village of Winfield
Engineering services for West Branch DuPage River Trail from Winfield Mounds to West DuPage Woods forest preserves
Winfield Township Road District
Signs along West Branch DuPage River Trail from Winfield Mounds to West DuPage Woods forest preserves