he watershed is one of
the basic organizing elements in nature.
Watersheds have a unity that
collects and records the effects of
the environment, including man's impact. In the Butterfield Creek
watershed, urbanization has affected the hydrologic cycle to produce
degradation of stream and wetland habitat, and the loss
water-related public places and recreational opportunities.
Correcting the problems of Betterfield Creek must involve a comprehensive
approach to management of the watershed.
he Vision for Butterfield Creek is a watershed-wide concept for flood
environmental restoration and
stewardship, and recreational development. Our growing awareness of the
importance of integrating the natural and the urban environment suggests
that projects addressing stormwater control, streambank stabilization,
floodwater storage, and wetland restoration have great potential to
include recreational and educational features, and to be linked in a
regional recreational corridor system. The watershed communities could in
this way reap benefits far beyond the objectives of specific local
projects. Thus, if developed with the vision of their unity and
interrelationships, the water resource features of Butterfiels Creek could
become major recreational and cultural assets of the communities within
he Vision Plan illustrates the opportunities to create multiple benefits
from water resource management within the Butterfield Creek watershed.
The plan is not a blueprint, but rather is meant to suggest and inspire
specific implementaion projects.
Butterfield Creek Steering Committee
Illinois Department of Conservation
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
Johnson Johnson & Roy/inc.
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