2019 TWI Tazewell Co. Wetland
During the week of July 22-27, ILICA constructed one of the most unique constructed wetlands to-date for The Wetlands Initiative (TWI) on the campus of Illinois Central College (ICC) in East Peoria, IL. With its horseshoe design, peninsula, and island areas, this roughly 1 acre constructed wetland, designed by TWI, was built with ICC’s users in mind. Sited near the campuses main loop, the constructed wetland integrates an existing cross country course along its berms, provides enhanced aesthetics to a prior green space on campus, and serves as a multidisciplinary education and research site for the agriculture and biology departments. While the constructed wetland could be visited by the public any time during the week of construction, the official field day event on Thursday drew nearly 50 individuals interested in conservation drainage, wildlife habitat, nutrient management, cover crops, and soil conservation to the site.
Our sincere thanks goes out to our generous Associates and partners for their donations including equipment, materials, and manpower:
Agri Drain Corp.; Alta Equipment; Altorfer, Inc.; Birkey's; Bradford Supply Company; Fratco, Inc.; Martin Equipment of Illinois, Inc.; Mathis-Kelley Construction Supply; Metal Culverts, inc.; Roland Machinery Co.; Schlatter's, Inc.; Storm Water Supply, LLC.; and to Illinois Central College for their outstanding hospitality.
Thank you to the ILICA volunteers who showed up and volunteered their time, expertise, and staff during construction of the project including: Dennis Brooks, Steve Anderson, Grant Curtis, Joe Streitmatter & Crew, Brian Brooks & Crew, Bill Dean & Crew, Justin Cole, Jon Seevers & Crew, David Kennedy & Crew, Eric Layden, James Ramsey, Dennis Drake & Crew, Wes Lehman, Wayne Litwiller, and Norm Kocher.
Finally, the biggest thank you to our show committee chairman Brian Brooks, to ICC's Pete Fandel, to Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership, and to The Wetland Initiative's Jill Kostel, Jean McGuire, and crew for setting up the field days and considering us a partner!