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City of Warrenville
28W701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
Ph: 630-393-9427
Fawell Dam Workgroup

The City has invested a considerable amount of time, effort, and financial resources analyzing the technical and regulatory basis for the construction and operation of the Dam, investigating the numerous concerns and allegations raised about the Dam by Warrenville property owners and officials, interacting with DuPage County regarding its rehabilitation and operation, studying the factors that contribute to flooding along the WBDR in Warrenville, and evaluating opportunities to mitigate flood impacts in the City.

Most recently, the Warrenville City Council designated the Mayor and one Alderman to work with staff (the “Fawell Dam Workgroup” hereinafter, the “Workgroup”) to: (i) evaluate the various technical, legal and political aspects of the Fawell Dam issue, and (ii) develop a comprehensive set of “next step” recommendations for City Council consideration.

On August 8, 2011, the City Council passed a resolution endorsing the findings and conclusions, as outlined in the Fawell Dam Workgroup’s August 3, 2011 Final Report that can be viewed by clicking here. Please note the report is approximately 6MB and may take some time to download.

The Workgroup considered the following Key Issues:

  • Were the proper permits obtained and procedures followed during the 1997-2001 Fawell Dam Project and what is the legal status of Fawell Dam and its operation?
  • What is the best available information to evaluate if and how the Dam’s operation impacts flooding in Warrenville?
  • What impact, if any, does the operation of the Dam have on flooding in the City?
  • Does the implementation of the various flood mitigation projects that comprise the 2011 County approved version of the WBDR Watershed Plan Addendum “preferred alternative” reduce flooding in the City to a larger degree than simply ceasing operation of the Dam’s gates?

The Workgroup’s findings and conclusions for these Key Issues are detailed in the Final Report.