The Buffalo Creek Restoration Improvements Project implemented Best Management Practices to reduce non-point pollution along both sides of Buffalo Creek in Buffalo Grove, Lake County, IL.

The project started with preparation and submittal of an IEPA Section 319 grant funding application, including preliminary design of the restoration plans. The project included restoration of approximately 1,500 feet of Buffalo Creek located immediately east of Arlington Heights Road within the Buffalo Creek Nature Preserve.

Design features included re-grading of severely eroding banks, stabilizing the banks with a combination of vegetative and biotechnical practices, and thinning of the tree canopy to allow for establishment of native vegetation within the riparian corridor. The project also included obtaining permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lake County Storm Water Management Commission.