The dam removal and stream restoration project will:

  • Improve the environment in Salt Creek by establishing fish passage, improving aquatic habitat, and improving the water quality of Salt Creek
  • Protect taxpayers through adopting cost-effective and environmentally effective solutions
  • Increase access to recreation and education opportunities along Salt Creek
  • Preserve the historic Graue Mill and operation of the grist mill

Proposed Construction

Completion Date Activity
December 31, 2023 Dam Removal Complete and Construction of Riffle #1
March 30, 2024 Completion of Selective Clearing
May 15, 2024 Completion of all work around the Graue Mill including the installation of the water wheel motor, mill race pump system, and overlooks
December 31, 2024 Completion of all stream restoration activities (pools/riffles, streambank stabilization, etc.)
May 15, 2027 Installation of Trees and Shrubs
June 30, 2030 Regulatory Sign-Off of Natural Areas Management, Monitoring, and Reporting


The project is funded by the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup (DRSCW).  More information on DRSCW is available at the

Project Updates

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This site provides information on the restoration efforts taking place at Graue Mill Dam, including opportunities for the public to engage with the project team.

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