2018 TWI Livingston Co. Wetland
In the middle of August, ILICA installed the third constructed wetland for The Wetlands Initiative (TWI) of Chicago. The project, located at Fulton Farms near Saunemin, IL in Livingston County, totaled approximately 1 acre in size and will be surrounded by a buffer area of pollinator habitat. Conditions were near perfect all week during construction and feedback from attendees at the two, open-to-the-public field days was positive. Field day topics included constructed wetlands, saturated buffers, bioreactors, drainage water management, cover crops, pollinator habitat, USDA programs, and soil conservation.
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; Evergreen FS; Martin Equipment of Illinois, Inc.; Prinsco, Inc.; Roland Machinery Co.; Storm Water Supply, LLC.; and to the Fulton family 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: Tom Beyers, Steve Anderson, Dennis & Kevin Behrends, Lee & Don Bunting, Ron & Grant Curtis, Josh Kafer, Joe Streitmatter, Brian & Tyler Brooks, Bill Dean, Jon Seevers, David Kennedy, Eric Layden, and Ron Masching.
Finally, the biggest thank you to our show committee chairman Bill Doubet who invested countless hours to the planning and execution of this project. And a big thanks to Jill Kostel, Jean McGuire, and the rest of The Wetlands Initiative crew for setting up the field days and considering us a partner!